Almost makes me want to move to Florida

Discussion in 'Vintage Topic Archive (Sept - 2009)' started by gregj, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. gregj

    gregj Member

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080409...lorida_guns;_ylt=AvM0xdSAlcxFaM0ejIS6iGztiBIF

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Most Florida residents would be allowed to take guns to work under a measure passed
    The bill, allowing workers to keep guns in their cars for self-protection, was approved by the Florida Senate by a vote of 26-13. It now goes to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to sign into law.
    Backed by the National Rifle Association and some labour unions, the so-called "take-your-guns-to-work" measure would prohibit business owners from banning guns kept locked in motor vehicles on their private property.
    The measure applies to employees, customers and those invited to the business establishment as long as they have a permit to carry the weapon.
    Backers say the measure upholds the vision of the authors of the U.S. Constitution, who made the right to bear arms part of the Bill of Rights.
    "The second thing they wrote about in that constitution was the right to bear arms," said Sen. Durell Peaden, a Republican from Crestview, Florida. "It was what was dear in their hearts."
    The measure exempts a number of workplaces including nuclear power plants, prisons, schools and companies whose business involves homeland security.
    Critics say the measure usurps business owners' rights to determine what happens on their property and puts workers and managers at risk from disgruntled employees.
    Dozens of workplace shootings occur every year in the United States and studies have shown that job sites where guns are permitted are more likely to suffer workplace homicides than those where guns are prohibited.
    "This is an attempt to trample upon the property rights of property owners and attempt to make it more difficult to protect the workers in a workplace and those who visit our retail establishments," said Sen. Ted Deutch, a Boca Raton Democrat.
    Oklahoma, Alaska, Kentucky, and Mississippi have similar laws, although in Oklahoma, an appellate court barred the state from enforcing the legislation on grounds that it was unconstitutional.
    Florida business groups are urging the governor to veto the measure, saying owners should be allowed to determine what happens on their property.
    "We are disappointed that politics clearly won over good policy," Mark Wilson, president and chief executive of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.
    (Editing by Tom Brown and Eric Walsh)
     
  2. Been following this one closely seeing as I live in the State Capital and my employer doesn't allow me to keep my gun in my truck currently. Glad this thing has finally passed through the congress and is heading to the governor. We have been fighting for about 10 years to get his bill passed in Florida.
     

  3. too bad more states didn't operate like florida.....
     
  4. IMO, If a disgruntled employee is going to rampage thru his/her place of work, it doesn't matter if guns are allowed or not. It's gonna happen.
     
  5. That is the truth, it has happened before, and it will most likely happen again.

    The next time, at least in Florida there will hopefully be firearms in the area so the potential victims at least will have a slight chance to arm and protect themselves.
     
  6. I agree. If someone is screwed up and planning on marching in, guns blazing, they'll simply do just that. They're not going to skip out on going postal (if they're screwed in the head) because of some written law...

    My employer does not allow guns on the property either. It's almost funny, when you consider that I work for an alcohol distributer. Like our products never played a role in an accidental death or two...
     
  7. Kagern

    Kagern Guest

    Already have this in MN (though some church managed to get an exemption, claiming that allowing firearms in their parking lot was gov. control of their 'method of worship'). We just need an FL style castle doctrine and we'll be set. The current standard requires you to flee if possible.
     
  8. jtm087

    jtm087 Guest

    Off topic but hey gregj I see you are from No. Virginia, what part?? im down in woodbridge, did you make it to the nations gun show this weekend at the Dulles Expo?
     
  9. Update: The governor signed this bill yesterday and it is slated to go into effect July 1. Facing some legal challenges from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.