A person who legally possesses a gun would not have it seized during periods of martial rule under a proposal headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin was approved 26-0 on Thursday. The companion bill passed the House last month.
Johnson says martial rule is the same as martial law at the federal level. He proposed the bill after law enforcement in New Orleans went door to door seizing weapons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.