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.