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Alabama: “Worker Protection” Bill to be Heard Next Week!

Friday, May 1, 2009

House Bill 362, sponsored by State Representative Craig Ford (D-28), passed the House Commerce Committee by a unanimous vote a few weeks ago, but not before an anti-gun amendment was attached.  HB362, as originally written, would protect your right to lawfully transport and store firearms in a privately-owned and locked motor vehicle while parked in a publicly accessible parking lot controlled by your employer or a business you frequent.

As previously reported, an exemption for railroad companies was attached.  This amendment will to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of railroad employees who park their vehicles in railroad parking lots.

In February, the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an Oklahoma statute that protects the right of employees to store firearms in locked vehicles in publicly accessible parking lots. The proposed Alabama bill is very similar to the Oklahoma law and should withstand any similar challenges that might be launched.

HB 362 is expected to be heard on the House floor as early as Tuesday, May 5.  

Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge them to remove the railroad exemption and oppose any further proposed exemptions.  You can call your State Representative by calling (334) 242-7600.  For more contact information click here.  

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