Florida passes take-your-guns-to-work law

Florida residents will be allowed to bring their cherished guns with them work under a bill that is likely to be signed by the governor.

The bill, allowing Floridians to keep guns in their cars while at work or at other businesses, was passed in the state Senate on Wednesday, and an identical version passed the House two weeks ago. Govenor Charlie Crist said after the vote that the bill has a good chance of getting his signature.

‘I’m probably going to sign it,’ he said. ‘I understand there are competing interests. There always are in this process, but people being protected is most important to me.’

Supporters of the bill say people have a constitutional right to carry firearms and should be able to keep guns in their cars for protection.

Business owners have argued they have a constitutional right to set the rules on their own property. They should be able to ban guns there if they choose, in order to protect employees and patrons, they said.

The bill states that businesses cannot prohibit employees or customers from keeping a legally owned gun locked inside their cars, as long as the gun owner has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Some places, however, would still be allowed to prohibit guns in cars: schools, military facilities, prisons, nuclear power plants and buildings that store explosives.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 26-13.

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~ by spyaokid on April 13, 2008.

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