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Wipeout: Toilet Paper Giant Flushes Gun-Freedom Law

Plant defies Florida statute, bans employees from keeping firearms in vehicles

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Posted: July 15, 2008
9:56 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily
A popular American pulp and paper company has banned employees at its toilet paper plant from storing concealed weapons in their cars while on company property â€" a move that defies Florida gun law.

Georgia-Pacific cited a Homeland Security exemption from a statute authorizing workers with concealed-weapons permits to have guns locked in their cars because it says the plant handles large amounts of explosive fuel, the Miami Herald reported.

The Palatka, Fla., toilet paper mill's choice to ban concealed weapons has infuriated representatives of the National Rifle Association and highlighted the state legislature's troubles with creating unambiguous laws during its 60-day session.

The business lobby claims the gun-right law infringes on private property owners' rights. Ambiguous wording declares employers exempt from the law if carrying a concealed weapon is "prohibited pursuant to any federal law.''

The Georgia-Pacific plant, located south of Jacksonville, Fla., claims it is off the hook because U.S. Coast Guard's Maritime Security regulations mandate that the company must have a permit and a safety plan. Company spokesman Jeremy Alexander said the plant's rules ban firearms on the property because it ships about 700 gallons of fuel each day to operate.
''This is based on our Homeland Security requirements," he said. "It's not because of the products we make.''

According to the Herald, Georgia-Pacific would not provide copies of its documents for confidentiality reasons.

Chief NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer called the company policy "ridiculous."

''The Legislature never intended to exempt toilet paper," she said. "Georgia-Pacific is putting toilet paper ahead of the lives of its hardworking men and women. I'd guess 80 percent of its employees are hunters who go hunting after work.''

When the newspaper asked her if she believes lawmakers could have drafted a more transparent law, she replied, "They never have."

Hammer also criticized Disney World's latest claims that it's excused from abiding by the law's terms because it holds a federal explosives permit for its fireworks show.

Republican Rep. Greg Evers of Milton, a sponsor of the law, called the situation a ''Tallahassee compromise."

"For the business community, there have to be certain exemptions,'' he said, noting that such stipulations are meant to shield school children and prevent firearms from coming into contact with explosives.

Evers said he plans to see how the courts rule before the state legislature acts. While a decision is in a federal case involving the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation will be made soon, the Herald reports the Tallahassee judge said the legislature's description of employers is "stupid."

Democrat Rep. Jack Seiler of Fort Lauderdale said the law has many flaws, and he blamed Republicans for hastily passing it.

''The NRA has become a victim of its own success and it's looking for battles," Seiler said. "This was a solution in search of a problem. And the Legislature created a mess.''
 

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What are they gonna do to the bad guy with a roll of TP? Give him a paper cut? Sheesh.
 

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What are they gonna do to the bad guy with a roll of TP? Give him a paper cut? Sheesh.
Geez, Prime, if your toilet paper is giving you paper cuts then I suggest you switch brands.
 

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Geez, Prime, if your toilet paper is giving you paper cuts then I suggest you switch brands.
HAHA, he's got a point Primal. But seriously, this is a load of crap (honestly no pun intended). The claim of holding a explosives permit is total BS for disney, they arnt storing the firework in the parkinglot are they? So wouldn't a cigarette lighter in the park be FAR more dangerous then a locked up, unmanned gun in the parkinglot? And fuels for the toilet paper plant? Give me a break, again, helloooo cigaretter lighters? I guess open flames in anyones hands is far safer then a locked up firearm in the hands of a trained individual miles away in the parkinglot... heads in their asses.
 

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Well now comes the real test. Will the attorney general stand up for the people of Florida and our rights to defend ourselves? I along with hopefully many other voters here in Florida will be watching and will make our voices heard.
 
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Well just who does GP make "TP" for anyway.... we need to find out just who is supporting GP and their products.

I will not support AARP because of their stance on gun ownership by seniors etc.

I will not do business with anti gun companies.
 

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I find it funny that they state in the arguement that guns aren't allowed due to their movement of 700 gallons of fuel a day... HAHAHAHAHA

I drive a truck that carries 6,000 gallons of fuel, empty it and refill it over 5 times a day and I can carry an M-16/M-4 when I am in a deployed area. I can carry a gun when I am in the tank farm too, and we have over 1,000,000 gallons in just 1 tank, and there are several tanks here at Nellis and we have a couple of tanks in different locations at Holloman.

GP is wrong. Mythbusters actually busted the myth that you can shoot a fuel tank and get it to explode. Idiots.
 

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OH yeah, I am so going shooting with you--who needs Tannerite when you're around! :wink: (one million gallons--whoa 8) )

I find it funny that they state in the arguement that guns aren't allowed due to their movement of 700 gallons of fuel a day... HAHAHAHAHA

I drive a truck that carries 6,000 gallons of fuel, empty it and refill it over 5 times a day and I can carry an M-16/M-4 when I am in a deployed area. I can carry a gun when I am in the tank farm too, and we have over 1,000,000 gallons in just 1 tank, and there are several tanks here at Nellis and we have a couple of tanks in different locations at Holloman.

GP is wrong. Mythbusters actually busted the myth that you can shoot a fuel tank and get it to explode. Idiots.
 
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