What you need to know about Florida’s new Guns at Work Law

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Last April, the Florida Legislature passed the Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008. Many call it by a much less official name: the Guns at Work Law.

The law expands employees’ rights to transport lawfully registered firearms in their vehicles even if they are traveling to work. The law will not turn workplaces into shooting galleries, but it will limit employers’ rights to search employee vehicles.

Who’s covered?

Florida’s Guns at Work Law covers virtually all of Florida’s employers. (See box below to learn who doesn’t have to comply.) The law protects lawful possession of firearms as long as they are locked in the employees’ vehicles. The law’s protections apply to only legally owned guns. The firearms must be kept out of sight.

The law bars employers from searching employees’ vehicles for any reason or even inquiring as to whether an employee has a gun i...(register to read more)

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