Florida's Gun Law Challenged-"Bring Your Gun to Work" law being heard in court:MERGED
Florida's Gun Law Challenged
Soon, Floridians will be allowed to keep a gun in their cars while they're at work.
But that's only if federal court doesn't step in, which the Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce are asking it to do.
Christalyn Davis says Sheffield's Body Shop in Tallahassee has never had any problems in the six years she's worked there, but says knowing a co-worker could have a gun in their car makes her feel safer just in case danger does ever arise.
Davis said, "We open up early mornings, we're here late at night at times. For your safety, yes, you should carry a firearm and you'll always be prepared."
Governor Charlie Crist signed the bill into law that makes it legal for employees to keep a gun in their locked car at work as long as they have a concealed weapons permit.
Rick McAllister, the President/CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, said, "By the legislature passing a bill that says that you can't make a company policy or procedure that prevents people from bringing guns onto the property that you own, that certainly is an invasion of private property rights."
The Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the gun law.
"We believe that the court will find that it is unconstitutional."
The law is set to take effect July 1st. The Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce made a second filing asking federal court to push back that start date until the court can make a decision on whether the gun law is constitutional.
That hearing is set for Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
Guns would still be off limits at schools, prisons, nuclear power plants, military facilities and buildings that store explosives.
From NRA-ILA Today (Judge Won't Stop Guns-At-Work Law)--Florida
By CATHERINE DOLINSKI
The Tampa Tribune
Published: June 26, 2008
TALLAHASSEE - A federal judge declined on Wednesday to stop Florida's new guns-at-work law from taking effect on Tuesday.
The law, which Gov. Charlie Crist signed in April, will allow employees possessing concealed-weapons permits to keep guns in their vehicles while parked on their employer's premises. Not only will employers not be able to stop them, they won't be able to ask whether an employee has a gun in his or her car, either.
Florida's fight over guns at work, which began in the Legislature in 2005, has pitted conservative factions against one another. The Florida Chamber of Commerce, arguing that the law violates property owners' rights, asked for an injunction in federal court in Tallahassee on Wednesday. On the other side: the National Rifle Association and the state, arguing that the issue is a matter of an individual's right to bear arms.
See remainder of story here:
Judge Won't Stop Guns-At-Work Law
Note this judge reached this decision yesterday, before the decision was announced by SCOTUS today. Of course, he has not yet reached a final decision, but he has refused to grant an injunction to stay its implementation. I suspect DC v. Heller may inform his thinking in the matter.
Congratulations, Florida!! It sounds good for you!
This will eventually go to SC
Because Federal courts having jurisdiction over Oklahoma ruled against such a law, and it seems like courts in FL ruled in favor, this has the potential to go to the SC eventually to sort out the discrepancy across the country.
Originally Posted by falcon1
Good News / Bad News in FL
Law takes effect today that prohibits employers from barring guns in their packing lots. (in a gun owner's car)
It's being challenged by the Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The federal judge hearing the challenge said it "is so badly written it's "stupid"" or something like that. The articles I've seen don't have a direct quote, but do have a nice biased headline.
Federal judge calls new Florida gun law 'stupid' - 06/25/2008 - MiamiHerald.com