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Florida - Guns at Work Passes

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  1. Dave P

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    Senate passes bill allowing employees to take guns to work


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida residents would be able to keep firearms in their vehicles while at work under a bill that has now passed both the Florida House and Senate.

    The bill passed the Senate on Wednesday and an identical version passed the House two weeks ago.

    Supporters of the bill say people have a constitutional right to keep guns in their cars for protection. Businesses had argued they have a constitutional right to set the rules on their own property.

    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.

    The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 26-13. The bill now goes to the governor.
     
  2. Winchester 73

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    Excellent news.Thank you,Dave P.
    Now to the Governor which should be a given.
     
  3. xm15

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    as long as the gun owner has a permit to carry a concealed weapon

    When was this added to the bill? I don't recall that language, and as far as I can see from the Florida Senate website, that is NOT in the bill anywhere.
     
  4. Winchester 73

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    It was just recently added.The house seemed to feel that they could not get the bill through to the Gov. without adding this proviso.
    The bill failed last year without this CCW restriction.
    One step at a time.Hopefully next time this onerous stipuation is stripped from the law.
     
  5. Robert Hairless

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    Oh my. Now the blood will run in the streets once again. No wonder the highways in Florida are called major arteries. Of course I say all that in a humorous vein.
     
  6. feedthehogs

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    Only the blood of northern interlopers and Canadians.
     
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    Very good!:D
     
  9. divemedic

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    On this show here, the host was taking calls on the new Florida parking lot gun law. Both he and a few listeners were talking about how tempers could flare, and a person could go to the parking lot, retrieve a firearm, and go postal.

    I called and pointed out that it has always been legal to have a firearm in the parking lot, or even on your person, in the workplace, and that all this law does is make it illegal to be fired or to have your vehicle searched in connection with firearms.

    Others pointed out that CCW holders are almost never involved in crimes of violence. One stat was that out of 1.2 million CCW holders, only 138 were revoked for firearms violations, and the majority of those were for carrying in a prohibited area.
     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080409/pl_nm/usa_florida_guns_dc

    I wonder what studies they're referring to?
     
  11. camacho

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    Great news :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    Do not forget to email the governor:

     
  12. CZ-100

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    I just watched Gov. Crist say on the news that he will most likely sign the bill and that he believes in the 2nd Amendment that people have a constitutional right to protect themselves and although there are competing interests the right of the people to protect themselves is more important.

    Way to go Charlie....
     
  13. camacho

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    Very, very encouraging!
     
  14. KABA

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    Senator Peaden was the Senate sponser of this. And he deserves special credit for the success it has enjoyed. He is a retired physician from Crestview and a very nice person. He has stated that Crist will sign this.

    Thank you Senator Peaden!
     
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    I sent Senator Peaden and email thanking him this afternoon.
     
  16. LegalAlien

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    We call em 'snowbirds' :D
     
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    Oh, my... I just saw this. It sure made my day. Does anyone know where there is a record of which state senators and reps voted yea/nay?
     
  18. Winchester 73

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    Guitargod1985,here is the vote:


    http://www.flsenate.gov/cgi-bin/vie...House/bills/votes/html/SHB05030409080005.html

    Bill Number ....: CSHB 503 Date: 4/9/2008
    Amendment Number: Time: 09:48AM
    Reading Number .: 3 Roll Call: 5
    Floor Actions ..:

    Yeas - 26 Nays - 13 Not Voting - 1
    VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER
    _ Y Alexander _ Y Fasano _ Y Peaden
    _ N Aronberg _ Y Gaetz _ EX Posey
    _ Y Atwater _ Y Garcia _ Y Pruitt
    _ Y Baker _ N Geller _ N Rich
    _ Y Bennett _ Y Haridopolos _ N Ring
    _ N Bullard _ N Hill _ Y Saunders
    _ Y Carlton _ Y Jones _ N Siplin
    _ Y Constantine _ N Joyner _ Y Storms
    _ Y Crist _ N Justice _ Y Villalobos
    _ Y Dawson _ Y King _ Y Webster
    _ Y Dean _ N Lawson _ N Wilson
    _ N Deutch _ Y Lynn _ Y Wise
    _ Y Diaz de la Portilla _ N Margolis
    _ Y Dockery _ Y Oelrich
    Presiding: Justice President: Ken Pruitt
    'VA'=Vote After Roll Call 'VO'=Chamber Vote
     
  19. Guitargod1985

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    Thanks, Win 73.

    Every single one who voted against the bill was a Democrat. How surprising.:rolleyes:
     
  20. divemedic

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    Because the Democrats are always the largest supporters of property rights, and opposition to this law is not about gun control, but about property rights.
     
  21. PLRinmypocket

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    I'm confused...I thought the Democrats were for Unions and Employee rights?

    The Republicans are the ones that are "beholden to big oil" and other big buisnesses and want to trample the rights of the poor workers.
     
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