ATLANTA (AP) _ The Senate Rules Committee is prepared to hold a
hearing today on a gun bill that pits the business wing of the Republican Party against the National Rifle Association.
The proposal to allow employees to leave firearms in their locked vehicles at work is expected to reach a floor vote by the end of the week.
It's a top priority for the NRA, which opposes limits on where law-abiding gun owners may carry their weapons. The Georgia Chamber
of Commerce argues that the bill infringes on private property rights.
The bill was scuttled last year in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre. Some Georgia lawmakers complained that the NRA was
leaning on them to vote for the measure just days after the deadly shooting.