A new bill passed this week in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly, and awaiting the Governor’s signature, will provide employees protection from disciplinary action resulting from having firearms and/or firearm ammunition in vehicles while parked in an employer’s parking area.
The new section, Tenn. Code. Ann. §50-1-312 states specifically:
(A) No employer shall discharge or take any adverse employment action against an employee solely for transporting or storing a firearm or firearm ammunition in an employer parking area in a manner consistent with § 39-17-1313(a).
(B) An employee discharged, or subject to an adverse employment action, in violation of subdivision (b)(1)(A) shall have a cause of action against the employer to enjoin future acts in violation of this section and to recover economic damages plus reasonable attorney fees and costs.
The new law, if enacted, will extend only to handgun-carry permit holders and they must be storing the firearm and/or ammunition in a manner consistent with the law. Employers may need to review current policies and handbooks to ensure they are compliant with this new rule. However, the law specifically reserves the right of the employer to ban firearms and/or firearm ammunition from being carried on the employer’s premises except when legally stored in parking areas.