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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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  • safety on the job
    I am a hunter and gun owner. But I am oppose to having locked guns in a vehicle at the place of work. They are not needed at work. Our legislatures have metal detectors and State Police Officers to protect them when they are in session. We don't need someone to become upset and in a moment of passion go to their car to retrieve their gun. Such action could cost someone their life and ruin the life of the gun owner and their family.
  • amen
    There is a significant percentage of people that talk about public safetyâ?¦these folks behave as if they are bewildered that there is so much violence. But, these same folks support guns being accessible in all facets of our society. Yet no blame is put on guns. It is â??people that killâ?¦not guns.â?? What a load of garbage.
    It truly is false indignation. Americans love killingâ?¦as long as it is â??not an unborn child.â?? Movies, television shows celebrate killing and gun violenceâ?¦couple that with almost instant access to gunsâ??by any Tom, Dick, or Harry in this country. Geeâ?¦I wonder why there is so much killing?!?!?!? It is the instant answer. Guns are idolized.
    Every time someone tries to remark or discuss gun violence as a matter of public concern. Lobbyists, the NRA, and paranoid 2nd amendment peopleâ??wrap themselves in the flag, sing Lee Greenwood like it is â??Kum-Ba-Yahâ?? and squash any public discourse by labeling the concerned as communist, haters of America, or the worst label everâ?¦LIBERAL.
  • Safety vs. Rights?
    What is this love affair with guns and access to them? When is safety of our kids and neighbors and co-workers going to trump the need to have guns within reach at all hours? Haven't there been enough accidents? What am I missing here? 74-20 in the house and 41-9 in the Senate? This reminds me of the Guns in Parks bill not so long ago...why do proponents of this bill feel as if you need access to guns (in cars) at the workplace?

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