Texas Legislator Files Bill to Protect Gun Owners at Workplace
The 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature went into session this month, and Senator Glenn Hegar, Jr, has filed SB 321 that protects the jobs of employees who wish to have a firearm in their vehicle when parked on their employer's parking lot.
The language includes CHLs; but goes beyond to include all legally owned and possessed firearms for hunters, competitors, youth coaches, or those carrying a handgun in their vehicle for personal protection but without a license.
The firearm must stay in the vehicle when on the parking lot, as the law does not extend to outside the personal, locked vehicle.
Both the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) and National Rifle Association (NRA) are supporting the bill.
The bill provides personal safety options for 400,000 CHL holders who have been effectively disarmed while traveling to and from work and at the workplace due to employer's policies.
The bill provides civil immunity for employers who follow the law, except in cases of gross negligence.
If passed into law, Texas will join thirteen other states: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana, Utah, Idaho, and Indiana by making the legal contents of a person's vehicle beyond the authority of an employer.