BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms praised the Florida Legislature today for passing a measure that expands and protects the right of Sunshine State gun owners to have firearms locked in their cars while they are working.
The so-called â€œtake-your-guns-to-workâ€ measure prohibits business owners from banning firearms that are kept locked in cars by their employees when those vehicles are parked on company property.
â€œWe believe this legislation will prevent unfair sanctions against workers who simply want to exercise their constitutional right to have a firearm for their personal protection while traveling to and from work,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œFlorida citizens who are legally licensed to carry have gone through background checks and a licensing process that certainly establishes their standing as law-abiding. These are not the kind of people who pose a problem in the workplace.â€
The legislation now goes to Gov. Charlie Crist. Gottlieb encouraged Florida gun owners to contact the governorâ€™s office and urge him to sign the measure into law.
â€œThe Florida Legislature has taken a courageous and sensible step,â€ said Joe Waldron, CCRKBA special projects director who resides in Tallahassee. â€œThere is no reason why anyone should face discipline or dismissal for simply having a firearm locked in their car when they have a state-issued permit to carry that firearm elsewhere.â€
Contrary to a claim from the president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Waldron said â€œgood policy clearly won over politically-motivated, anti-gun rights hysteria.â€