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Alabama: “Worker Protection” Bill gets blocked in Senate Judiciary

Monday, May 18, 2009

Late last Thursday, May 14 the Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to vote on House Bill 362, Alabama’s “Worker Protection” Bill.  However, Senator Myron Penn (D-28), the Chair of the Senate Judiciary opted not to send it out of committee.  Unfortunately, this move ultimately killed the bill.  

HB 362, sponsored by State Representative Craig Ford (D-28), would have protected your right to lawfully transport and store firearms in a privately-owned and locked motor vehicle while parked in publicly accessible parking lots controlled by your employer or a business you frequent. 

Thanks to your efforts, HB 362 passed the House on Tuesday, May 5 without any restricting amendments.  Unfortunately, big business lobbyists for the railroad and power companies and trial lawyers continued to actively lobby against HB 362. They pressured legislators and offered weakening amendments that placed restrictions on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  The NRA will continue to work on getting this right-to-carry reform bill passed for the 2010 session.

Please contact Senator Penn and express your support of Worker Protection in Alabama, with the intention of passing this important legislation next session.  You can reach Senator Penn by phone at (334) 242-7868 or by email at myronpenn28@hotmail.com.   

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