Texas House Overwhelming For Guns-In-Parking-Lots Bill

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas businesses could soon be forced to allow their employees to bring their guns to work.

The bill, which is one step closer to becoming law, would allow individuals that have the proper license to keep guns in their locked cars. The new law would only extend as far as the parking lot.

The handgun bill got overwhelming approval in the House Thursday night, with 130 votes for he bill and only 11 against it.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, said many companies don’t understand the sporting culture in Texas.

Critics questioned why the state should be allowed to tell companies whether to allow guns on their property. “There is no reason, unless you’re police enforcement, to have a weapon at work,” a Dallas resident told KRLD NewsRadio 1080 when learning of the House passage.

Right now, Texas law allows for businesses to ban employees from bringing their guns onto company property.

While the bill would make it legal to have guns on business property, it also would make employers immune from liability involving the firearms.

The bill now heads to the Senate for final approval.


One Comment

  1. joe says:

    in other news, car break ins increase…

    1. Gumby Rules says:

      Most likely not anymore than usual. The gun would/should be hidden so no one would know for sure if there was a gun in the car or not.

      1. les says:

        this whole thing is stupid . how is an employer going to know if you have a gun in your car or not. ???

  2. Greg says:

    waaa waaa waaa I want my gun, waaa waa waa. At-work killings soon to follow …

    1. Gumby rules says:

      Most likely not. The people who would be disgruntled enough to kill at work are going to do that anyway, whether allowed to keep his/her gun in his/her car or not. They will just go home and return with the gun.

  3. Virgil Lee Fuqua III says:

    GOOD, without the ablitiy to leave your gun in your car, you are basically unarmed from work to home or back, and many a time a person has to do other thing on the way to work or home, without the ablities to leave his gun, his CHL is worthless.

    1. kunter7 says:

      +1 Exactly!

  4. Chris McPhail says:

    Texas businesses could soon be forced to allow their employees to bring their guns to work. Did you say allow? Allow? You do not have authority to allow or permit me anything – I am NOT property to be owned! Got It? A person’s vehicle is “private property!” And the US Supreme Court has already ruled in favor of our rights!

    1. Todd says:

      moron.Business can ban firearmms at work.You see signs all the time that say no firearms and that includes employee’s.Frankly guns should be banned world wide

      1. RussP says:

        Yes, we all know criminals will follow the rules and not have guns.

  5. Todd says:

    Why are the republicans forcing business’ to do this? I thought the GOP was for smaller govt yet they keep passing laws to infringe on our rights? I still wouldn’t allow one of my employee’s have a gun on my private property regardless of what this law says.No wonder the GOP is a dying party because they LOVE big brother telling you what you can and can not do.

    1. callen says:

      Well said, and you are so right. BIG GOP = BIG GOVERNMENT.

    2. Salty1 says:

      Todd, it is obvious that you do not believe in peoples rights unless they are in line with your thoughts. What does this have to do with growing gvt? No new departments are being created or jobs created, it is allowing people who are allowed under the laws of this country to keep personal property in their cars. GOP a dying party, you have got to be kidding, did you even see the results of the last election? you are a typical libturd, it is not all about you and what you want…..

    3. RussP says:

      Yes, this is one of those new GOP big government ideas. Oh wait, it’s the second amendment to our constitution, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

  6. Bill says:

    I agree with Virgil. If you live in a bad neighborhood or commute through a bad area, you currently have no protection to / from work if your employer has a gun ban. And just an FYI, a responsible gun owner should have a secure place in the vehicle, like a lock-box.

  7. Clive Bigalow says:

    You will probably never in your life need a revolver, but if you should ever need one, you will need it very badly.

  8. kunter7 says:

    The very definition of the reasoning behind obtaining a CHL.

  9. HM says:

    It’s a sticky issue, because it’s a property rights issue. Property owners have the right to run their properties as they see fit. Well, in theory. You have building codes and social legislation to tell them how to run things. If you tell them that they have to do something or are not allowed to do something, that’s adding to the trend of removing a person’s property rights rather than adding to their rights by taking back regulations and policies. It either leads to the destruction of property rights in one direction or a return to letting community opinion, courts, and lawsuits settle the issue if there’s and injury or harm done due to something happening.

    As hard as it is to accept, this thing won’t turn out well either way

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