Texas Senate Passes SB 321 Prohibiting Employers from Restricting Gun Rights

Some of us pass through some fairly dangerous territory as we make our way to and from work each day but despite the fact that it’s legal for us to have a gun in our vehicle in the State of Texas we dare not carry the means to defend ourselves should we run into a life and death situation with criminals along the way.

This is due to the fact that many draconian employers enacted company policies specifically to thwart the laws enacted in the State of Texas to allow the exercise of our individual God given rights to keep and bear arms.

The typical rule created by these un-American corporations is: If we discover you have a firearm in your vehicle while it is parked on our property or while you are driving your personal car on company business we will fire you.

There has been significant debate over the last few years in the law-making offices of Texas politicians as they tried to determine whether the rights of employers to exercise dominion over their property were more important than the rights of employees to have the means of defense while traveling to and from their place of employment.

The Texas Senate has seen reason and voted in favor of Senate Bill 321, which will prohibit employers from disciplining or firing an employee for having a firearm locked in his or her vehicle on company property. According to today’s press release by the NRA (an organization I’ve criticized heavily for it’s lopsided lobbying for gun manufacturers over gun owners),

Thanks to your phone calls and e-mails, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 321 by a 30 to 1 vote today with no gutting amendments. Introduced by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), SB 321 is an NRA-backed bill that would prevent employers from enacting and enforcing policies to prohibit employees from storing firearms in their locked private motor vehicles while parked at work.

Let me say “Thank you!” to the NRA for their support of this bill and continued efforts for its twin in the House.

And to the companies and employers who currently have established policies providing for the discipline or firing of employees who keeps guns in their vehicles while parked at the employers’s parking lot (or even while off site but on company business, such as my employer has), I say, you should abandon and rescind those policies now. These bills will become law this year, and in September they will take effect. You should also realize that your policies were wrong and un-American in the first place, and offer to rehire those innocent patriots you fired under them.

The State of Texas will be siding against draconian anti-second amendment employers, and it will be nice to see government actually protecting liberty for a change instead of restricting it.

avatar Mike

I am an employer and a gun owner. I also served in combat in Iraq for a year as an infantryman and had my fair share of enemy kills, so when I say that a gun can save your life I speak from first hand experience. I am also a member of the NRA and no one will be taking my AK-47 or my modified 12G away from me. The reason why employers began enacting these laws is because of idiots who brought their gun into the workplace and began killing their co-workers. It must be said that there are individuals who own guns that will do the stupid thing when they lose it at work (but they are very much in the minority), and having a gun with ammunition readily available in the parking lot could possibly entice such stupid individuals to go into the work place and cause harm. I will wait and reserve my judgement on this law — I will wait for a year or so to see if there is any increase in workplace shootings as a result of having a gun in the vehicle. Off the top of my head I would say possibly, but again, it is hard to predict what some of these fools will do when they get pissed off at their boss.

On another note, I forsee employers requiring employees to disclose to their employers if they have a gun in their car, the make and model, as well as an ammunition count — another intrusion into privacy.

avatar Marc

Bad bill. I love to carry concealed, but if my boss doesn’t, he should be able to set up whatever rules he wants in his business. Perry should not sign this.

avatar Charles Chickering

Marc, your vehicle is considered to be private property. Just as your boss cannot legally ban you from smoking in your car, he should not be able to stop you from legally carrying a weapon. This bill is great and for the first time since obtaining my CHL I will be able to carry to my companies parking lot.

avatar Julee Griffin

I love love love this! I work outside sales in Houston, but must come to the office before and/or after my sales calls. I have had my CHL for over a year now. The areas of town I cover are less than desirable. I now know come September, I will feel safe while working.

avatar Michael Forsythe

The bill was passed on 5/28 and sent to Governor Perry’s desk on 5/31 since 5/30 was a holiday, he has 10 days from that day to sign it, it will be signed by him since he supported the bill the whole time, the issue was liberal big business and their lobbyists trying to squash it before it got to comittee 2 years ago, then last year it was introduced at the end of the session and was tabled, it came out at the begining of the session this year and moved through all levels quickly, then the House had their bill, 681 and there was some fast moving by lobbyists in order to try and attach negatives to this, but, the House adopted the Senates bill with no revisions and it is now on his desk!! The NRA fought hard for this bill, next we need to be like Wyoming, Montana and other states currently having laws for Constitutional Carry. People need to be constantly reminded that we live in a “Rebuplic” not a “Democracy”, there is a huge difference.

avatar Tim Frazier

From the time it reaches the Governor’s desk during a regular session he has ten days to veto or sign it. If he does neither, it automatically becomes law. For this particular bill the effective date is 09/01/11.

I can’t tell from the web site whether it is truly on the Governor’s desk yet or not, or when the ten day countdown starts.

But there is no doubt he is either going to sign it or allow it to become law by letting it age. No way he would veto it.

avatar Charlie morris

The Governor has ten days to sign the bill if it is sent more than 10 days before the end of session which was 5/30/2011. If it is sent within the last 10 days of session he has 20 days to sign, veto or let it slide by which is also like signing it. Not for sure but I would say he will most likely sign it with the next 5 days or it should become law mid next week (effective 9/1/2011) if he doesn’t sign it or vetos it. Let’s get it passed and signed, my employer fires for having gun in car.

avatar S tipton

I believe the knife law is five inches or greater
no twin edge blood groves or switch blade
basically outlawing the old military fighting knives
and the law hasnt been revisited
we at least have the ag s go ahead that spring
asissted knives are legal

avatar CnC

We need that law in Indy, I work in some really bad parts of town and the company I work for will fire you if you carry even though I have a lifetime permit to carry.

avatar Tim Frazier

Write your legislators and governor. It’s been a long struggle in Texas…we were one of the last ten states in the Union to get concealed carry. And you still can’t carry a knife with a fixed blade more than 3 1/2 inches long in this state. Not quite the bastion of liberty people think it would be, but that’s due to the totalitarians that have ruled in Austin for so long.

The tide is finally turning in Texas and many other states. Hopefully it isn’t too late.

avatar CnC

Tim, I spent a lot of mini vacations in Austin in the early 2000’s I was seeing a cute little liberal gal down there. I love the place, it was a great town to party in and we spent alot of time down on 6th street. I was shocked however when I found out how left leaning the place was. I guess I just expected all of Texas to be the same. I still have a lot of great memories of partying at the lake house on Lake Travis.I met a lot of good non-political people down there and still miss them. Me and the cute little liberal gal were doomed from the start. Too much distance in miles and minds, but we parted friends. I still do miss Texas though! I will look into contacting the state legislators about this, maybe this would be a good time to do it since the democrats are still hiding out in Illinois

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