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AUSTIN – Texans could carry their guns and ammunition to work – as long as they keep them in the car or pickup – under a bill passed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday.
The measure by Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, would bar businesses from having policies that prohibit their employees from storing legal firearms and ammunition in their locked vehicles outside their place of work.
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"People like their firearms in Texas, and if they want to bring them to the workplace, they are going to do it whether there is a policy or not," Hegar said in response to concerns that a disgruntled worker might be encouraged to bring a gun to work to settle a dispute.
He added: "It is not the firearm in the car that causes the problem, it's the individual who possesses the firearm."
Push the envelope? How is the 2nd amendment something to be bargained with? How is the 2nd amendment something to be measured with every passing of a law?
Great idea! What I legally carry in my car is my business, not my employers. I am not going to leave my weapon at home because somebody at work doesn't like it.
Last month, a Denver-based federal appeals court ruled that Oklahoma's law protecting employees' rights to have a guns in their locked vehicles at work is constitutional.
However, the realist in me thinks this will never stop any crime from occurring. On top of that it may create a scenario where at the very least, a manager should take caution when firing an employee, and at the worst could result in many deaths from disgruntled, fired co-workers acting on emotion.
Originally posted by dbates
reply to post by thisguyrighthere
In Texas you're allowed to carry a concealed firearm if you have a clean criminal record and take a safety course. Employers who prohibited individuals from keeping a weapon locked in their car were circumventing the law.