Champions of the Second Amendment flexed their muscles in the state House Wednesday, demanding a new right for employees to keep handguns in their cars while at work.
They beat back legislation that would have encouraged but not required business owners to allow handguns in the locked cars of their employees.
The bill was a compromise between pro-gun lawmakers and business owners. It would have limited the legal liability of employers who chose not to ban weapons in their parking lots.
Rep. Eddie Bass, D-Prospect, tried to amend the bill to force employers to allow handgun-carry permit holders to keep their weapons in their locked vehicles on the business’ property. When the House refused to table his amendment, the sponsor of the bill withdrew it from consideration and sent it back to committee.
“In my opinion, my vehicle is my personal property,” Bass said. “That’s the way I look at it. All I’m wanting is for this individual to be able to carry with a gun permit and protect himself to and from work.”