Saturday, December 1, 2012

WSJ: GOP's Business Backers Fight NRA Push to Let Employees Leave Firearms in Cars

Gun Showdown at Work

GOP's Business Backers Fight NRA Push to Let Employees Leave Firearms in Cars

By JOE PALAZZOLO,WSJ, Nov. 30th, 2012- Gun legislation in some Southern states is forcing Republican lawmakers to choose between two core values of their party: the right of business owners to control what happens on their property and people's Second Amendment right to bear arms.
When Republican Debra Maggart, a staunch supporter of the gun group over her seven-year career in the Tennessee House of Representatives, decided with other members of her party to hold up a parking-lot bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Eddie Bass this year, she felt the consequences. The NRA spent tens of thousands of dollars on attack ads against Ms. Maggart, the only member of Republican leadership to face a primary challenge. One NRA flier declared: "Debra Maggart wants to shred your Second Amendment rights."

Ms. Maggart said she opposed the bill because it encompassed properties such as day-care centers and colleges. "They singled me out to bully our caucus into voting for a poorly written piece of legislation."

Ms. Maggart, a lifelong NRA member who owns a Remington shotgun, ultimately lost to the NRA-backed candidate by 971 votes in the primaries in August.
For more on this issue see:
 Judd Matheny dumped as speaker pro tem
 NRA-PVF Endorses Debra Maggart's challenger for Tennessee House District 45 
Thinking about the guns in trunks issue again 
Speaker Harwell on “guns-in-parking-lots”  

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