AJC - Guns In Employee Cars: Let Bill Die

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  1. Mike from Philly

    Mike from Philly New Member

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    Atlanta Journal and Constitution

    Guns in employee cars: Let bill die

    Published on: 03/30/07

    In Georgia, employers can forbid Girl Scout cookies on their property, but they may soon be unable to ban assault rifles.

    Under Senate Bill 43, which was dealt a serious but not fatal blow this week, private businesses would be forced to permit employees to keep guns in cars parked on company property. It represents a mortal assault on the right of businesses to set standards for their employees and their private property.

    Under current law, for example, an employer has the right to ban extreme body piercings and tattoos, or to insist on jackets and ties. An employer can prohibit workers from showing up at work with Girl Scout cookie order forms or raffle tickets. And for the moment, they can still tell employees to leave their guns at home.

    On Tuesday — the deadline for a bill to pass at least one chamber of the Legislature to be eligible for passage this session — state senators were expected to debate and vote on SB 43, but tragedy intervened. A workplace shooting that morning in Atlanta provided a chilling reminder of just what's at stake on this issue, dissuading the state Senate from debating the bill.

    That should have killed the bill, but attempts are under way to revive it by tacking its language onto another gun bill, permitting drivers to conceal handguns under the car seat or elsewhere in their vehicle.

    As Tuesday's shooting demonstrated, guns in the workplace pose a danger to everyone. A 2005 study by the American Journal of Public Health found that workplaces in which guns were permitted were five to seven times more likely to be the site of a workplace homicide than job sites where guns were outlawed.

    As the American Bar Association notes, 80 percent of the 1,000 workplace killings each year involve guns. In its statement opposing SB 43, the ABA defends "traditional property rights of private employers and other private property owners to exclude from the workplace and other private property, persons in possession of firearms or other weapons."

    SB 43 is an unnecessary and dangerous piece of legislation with no purpose other than to rally the ranks of the National Rifle Association and allow it to flex its muscle. While the bill may thrill the most hard-core NRA members, other NRA members and many of the group's longtime allies understand just how extreme its provisions really are.

    The bill ought to be left to die.

    — Maureen Downey, for the editorial board (mdowney@ajc.com)
     
  2. Malum Prohibitum

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    What is the ABA doing taking sides in this!?! Every time I get ready to send in my dues, I see something like this! :evil:
     

  3. glockgirl

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    I like how they assume we would all pack ASSAULT RIFLES when actually I think most folks would have a something of a .45 or lower caliber in a handgun not an ASSUALT RIFLE.
     
  4. Sharky

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    Its funny how you can be friends with somebody through college and then they get closer to graduation and become "different" and no longer much of a friend.

    Oh did I mention they became a journalist!
     
  5. Mike from Philly

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    The analogy is cute but false ..... employers don't ban girl scout cookies on their property, they ban the sale of the cookies ...... the bill doesn't say we can bring our rifles into work, it said that we could keep them in our LOCKED cars along with our nose rings, tube tops, and Michael Moore's books.
     
  6. Gunstar1

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    Better not bring one of those books inside though. :lol:
     
  7. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Speak for yourself! :D


    Disclaimer: My employer's parking lot is not off limits.
     
  8. MLS 4506

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    just for clarification,what is the penalty for having a gun in your vehicle on employers property.civil :roll: ...criminal :shock:
     
  9. Rammstein

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    If they find out and they don't want it there they will probably just fire you.
     
  10. glockgirl

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    MP why don't you just drive a tank???!!!!

    Strangely I was looking for a new car today and made sure the one I picked had a locking glove box for when I travel to those weird states that need it looked in a compartment
     
  11. Foul

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    Better idea...


    Let the Atlanta Urinal Constipation die. It's a left wing rag anyway. It's not a good enough newspaper to use in potty training a puppy German Shepherd.