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Representative Sherry Jones was the only no vote against the so-called "Guns in Trunks" bill.
The bill now heads to the full committee.
Jones believes what happened Wednesday is a sign opponents have little chance of stopping the bill.
It would allow gun owners with a carry permit the right to keep their firearms locked in the car at work even if their employer doesn't want them to.
"I believe it will pass pretty easily," said Jones. "I can see opportunities for good people to be part of something bad happening."
Of particular concern for opponents is there is no exception for places like hospitals and schools.
Vanderbilt University is among several who are opposing the bill.
"Our biggest concern is it will make it more difficult for our campus law enforcement officers to keep our campus safe because it has the potential to bring more weapons into closer proximity with our campus," said Vanderbilt's Melanie Moran.
The bill's sponsor, Representative Jeremy Faison, says there are no plans to make any exceptions.
Faison says the opponents have nothing to worry about as he says people with a carry permit can be trusted to leave their guns in the trunk.
"We don't have any crime from people who are permit holders. They have proven to society that they are worthy to carry a gun. They pass TBI background checks, they've stood in front of people shot a gun. Showed they know what they're doing," said Faison.
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 10:39 PM CST
Witness rescues toddler from railroad tracks
June 19, 2013 11:23 GMT
ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested the parents of a toddler found alone on railroad tracks in Rockwood.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1asg9U3 ) cited an officer's report which said a witness saw the 2-year-old on the rails and picked him up shortly before a train came through the town on Saturday.
Jonathan Noah White, who is 30, and 24-year-old Rahab Jaramillo were arrested and booked into the Roane County Jail on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect.
The incident report states the child's grandmother told police the boy was often left with her, but she was on "too many medications" to watch him. The boy was put into Department of Children's Services custody.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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