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South Dakota Update: Employee Protection Legislation Scheduled for a House Floor Vote Tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tomorrow, the state House of Representatives will vote on House Bill 1132.  This NRA-backed legislation, which would prohibit employers from preventing employees from lawfully storing firearms in their locked personal vehicles, passed in the state House Judiciary Committee yesterday by a 10 to 2 vote.  Introduced by House Speaker Val Rausch (R-4) and sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson (R-8), House Bill 1132 is one of the NRA’s top legislative priorities this session. 

On a daily basis, employees have various lawful reasons for carrying a firearm and are often forced to secure that firearm in their vehicle while at work.  Employees, who carry a firearm for self-defense on their commute and those who go hunting or target shooting, either before or after work, should not be faced with the possibility of losing their jobs because of a workplace policy that deprives them of their Second Amendment rights.  HB 1132 seeks only to allow employees to safely store these firearms in their locked personal vehicle, guarantee their fundamental, constitutional rights and remove the fear of being fired. 

Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1132 when it comes up on the House floor tomorrow! To locate your Representative and his or her contact information, please click here.

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