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Haslam: Excluding campuses key to gun law deal

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says the exclusion of college campuses is key to an agreement on a bill to allow employees to store their firearms in vehicles parked at work.

The governor told reporters after a speech to a Nashville Republican group on Tuesday that he expects lawmakers to craft a compromise on the measure that was the subject of much discord earlier this year.

Haslam expects to have talks with corporations like Volkswagen, Nissan and FedEx on the issue.

"If we're going to make Tennessee the best location in the southeast for high-quality jobs, that means a lot of things, whether it be tort reform like we passed last year or making sure it's a place they feel comfortable with investing.  I think their voice is one that should be heard at the table on this," said Haslam. 

The business lobby opposed the measure backed by the National Rifle Association on the basis that it intrudes on their property rights. Gun advocates argue that banning guns in company lots effectively prevents workers from being armed during their commute.

Haslam said his administration won't take a lead on the issue but said it will fight to keep educational institutions out of the final version.

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