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Workplace guns bill gets final legislative OK

March 4, 2010

In a victory for gun rights over property rights, the Indiana General Assembly approved a bill that lets workers keep firearms locked in their cars in trunks or out of sight while parked on company property.

The Indiana House approved the bill 74-20 Thursday and the Senate passed it 41-9. It now goes to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

A last-minute compromise exempts some public utilities, chemical plants and agencies whose drivers transport developmentally disabled people. The bill also exempts schools, child care centers, domestic violence shelters and group homes.

Opponents say the bill can lead to workplace violence. Supporters say it merely allows people with legal rights to carry weapons to keep them locked up in their cars at work.

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