The guns in parking lots issue has taken a little bit of a turn. Last week I offered an amendment to the bill that allowed people over 21 who have a Tennessee hunting permit to carry guns (most likely rifles) in their cars as long as the guns were secured and hidden from site as is similar to the rest of the bill previous to my amendment.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has come out against the move. but the question with this bill is not who can or has the right to carry or posses firearms. That issue has been decided by the supreme court. It is an individual right. The reason for the ownership or transportation should not be a question. It is your right to own or transport for any reason. Not just safety.
The entire argument for guns in cars in parking lots is based on the notion that the car is sovereign territory. It is your private property. Same as your house or your person. You can or should be able to do what ever you want on "your property". That includes gun ownership and transportation as long as there is no clearly diminished public safety. A gun does not become more or less safe if it is owned for hunting, public safety, target shooting or just as a collectible. A gun is what it is. An inanimate object.
Now you can make the property rights argument as to whose property rights are involved and who has supremacy of those rights and when but the reason for ownership or transportation should not be a factor in that decision.