The debate over guns on workplace property is raging in state legislatures across the South. Lawmakers in Texas, Florida and Georgia are moving forward with bills that would require employers to allow firearms on company property.
SHRM has advocated that employers should retain the flexibility to determine for themselves the rules that govern their private workplaces. The Society has been successful in working with members to safeguard employers’ flexibility by defeating mandatory workplace gun bills in Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Montana.
Texas: The “Lone Star” state appears to be well on its way to enacting workplace weapons legislation this year. Legislation in each of the Texas State Senate ( SB 534) and State House ( HB 220and HB 992) would allow employees to store weapons in a locked vehicle on private property unless the parking area is gated and under continuous supervision by security personnel.
Florida: A bill ( SB 2356) that would allow employees and customers to store weapons in privately-owned parking lots will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. A similar bill is pending in the House.
Georgia: Efforts to push a workplace weapons bill ( SB 43) to a final vote in the Georgia Senate failed on March 27, 2007. However, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is hoping to resurrect the legislation.
HRVoiceletters opposing these bills are available for SHRM members located in these three states interested in writing to their legislators.
For more information about these and other public policy issues, please visit www.shrm.org
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