A Florida House committee voted down House Bill 1417, which would have forced employers to let workers keep guns in locked cars on company property. The vote came two days after the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 dead. State Rep. Baxter Troutman called the timing “highly inappropriate.” He voted against the bill.
Senate Bill 2356, identical to the House measure, is still viable, however, and has support from an unexpected corner: the AFL-CIO, whose spokesman said, “This is about protecting workers’ rights.”
Similar bills are pending in Georgia and Texas.
Final note: If employees are allowed to carry guns to work, employers may have to beef up their company’s security in the interest of maintaining a safe workplace.