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Indiana Guns in the Workplace

Ian Scott on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 1:25:25 pm

The highly controversial, highly contagious Guns in the Workplace bill is now moving through the Indiana statehouse.

Like similar measures in many other states, Indiana SB 25 and HB 1065 would prohibit business owners from banning firearms on company property.  The Indiana Chamber has expressed opposition (see remarks from Chamber CEO Kevin Brinegar) on the basis of companyproperty rights and workplace safety.  But this is not an easy position for all chambers to take, it frequently splits chamber boards and policy committees.

Why is this issue so controversial?  Take a look at how the NRA, proponents of Guns in the Workplace legislation, have framed the issue:

"They argue that companies can void the rights of law-abiding citizens on company property, even if the property is open to the general public. ... It's not just guns. Lobbyists for big business in Florida claim that they can ban books, Bibles, or even a copy of the U.S. Constitution, from your vehicle as well. Their argument is simple: Any business can declare the constitutional rights of a person to be null and void, if that person is on company property."

Click to read the NRA's position on the guns in the workplace issue.

We've tracked similar pieces of legislation since the Policy Clearinghouse's inception in 2007. As of now at least nine states: Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi and Oklahoma, have statutes that prohibit employers from banning weapons on their own property.

Check out this blog post from March 09 and this issue briefing about the Florida guns battle from PolicyClearinghouse.org.

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