Lawmakers consider allowing guns at workplace

Guns at work (CBS42)
Guns at work (CBS42)

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – As long as it’s locked up in your vehicle, a bill making its way through Montgomery would allow you to have access to your gun while at work.

Charlene Cannon is concerned the bill could make your place of work more dangerous. “It’s a terrible idea. mainly, if somebody is upset with somebody at work, they could just run out to their car,” she said.

Others say firepower in the car could allow an employee to fight back against a workplace shooter.

“I think your vehicle is your own personal property and I do not think your employer should have say as to what you can and can’t do with your Second Amendment rights,” Andrew Hardigan said.

Currently a carry permit is required to keep a pistol in your vehicle. The legislation would create a second permit, just for vehicles. It would require a background check.

The Alabama Sheriff’s Association does not support the legislation. One of the concerns is public safety, particularly, when it come to road rage. With a gun easily accessible on the highway, some worry shouting matches could turn into shoot outs.

Senator Scott Beason sponsored the bill.

“From the very beginning, the purpose of this legislation has always been to ensure that law abiding citizens are not hindered in their ability to defend themselves,” Beason said. There is nothing I can do about fools or criminals.”

Another portion of the bill would strengthen the law that allows a person to carry a holstered firearm in plain site. It would include language clarifying that doing so is not disorderly conduct.

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