Wednesday, May 23, 2007

S.B. 534 is Dead

SB 534 (employer parking lots bill) has died as of midnight Tuesday, the 22nd of May. As I have previously stated, I was not very happy with some portions of this bill. I was mostly concerned about the requirement for a CHL holder to provide the employer, in writing, a statement that the CHL holder had a license and intended to store a firearm in a vehicle on company property.

I am not saddened by the demise of this particular bill. In preparation of the 2009 legislative session, I would ask that Texas firearms owners contact their representatives and the TSRA. We need to voice support for a bill such as HB 1037. If big business is going to fight us anyway, we might as well go for a bill that in line with the Bill of Rights.

HB 1037 is pretty simple:

(b) A public or private employer may not discharge, discipline, or penalize in any manner an employee because the employee transported or stored a firearm in the employee's locked motor vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle was located on the employer's property...

...(g) A public or private employer is not liable in a civil action for damages resulting from an occurrence involving the storage of a firearm in the motor vehicle of an employee.
If the purpose of our legislature is to defend liberty and personal freedom, then this is the type of legislation they should be approving.

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