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Florida law allows guns at workplace

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jul 1, 2008 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
The Florida Retail Corporation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce are taking legal action against recent legislation which allows employees who have concealed weapons permits to bring guns to the workplace.

Disney and Publix are seeking to ban firearms from all areas of their property including the parking lots. Under the Florida law, workers will not only be permitted to have weapons, their employers will be prohibited from searching their vehicles or taking punitive action if a weapon is found.

In response to concerns that this legislation puts others at risk, Florida Governor Charlie Crist stated "It's always a good idea to be able to protect yourself and the Second Amendment is a precious, cherished amendment that I fully support."

Florida Chamber of Commerce member Sherri McInvale commented "It will absolutely hinder an employer's right to control what happens on their property and most likely will not allow an employer to provide a safe environment for their employees and consumers."

The concealed weapons law does not extend to schools, jails or defense industry locations.

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