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    Arrow Florida: WINS ?: Judge says Fla. workers can keep guns in cars

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge says Florida employees can keep guns locked in their cars while at work _ for now.

    U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle released a preliminary injunction Monday night on a law that went into effect July 1. The law bars employers from telling workers, customers and other visitors they can't keep a firearm locked in their vehicles.

    The new law was challenged in federal court in Tallahassee by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation. The group believes letting workers keep guns in cars compromises safety.

    Judge Hinkle heard arguments against the law in late June, but has not ruled. The merits of the case still need to be heard in court.

    At the hearing, Hinkle said the law is so badly written it's "stupid."
    Last edited by LeavingMass; 07-29-2008 at 11:16 PM.

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    Hinke is probably referring to the way the law is actually written, not judging it on its merits. Typically, badly written laws have mostly been composed by people who don't know anything about writing laws, so that goes to show you the type of geniuses that came up with this garbage in the first place.

  4. Actually the ruling is a bit confusing. You see the judge stated that the law was poorly written.

    He ruled the employees could in fact keep guns locked in their vehicles if they possess a Florida CWL, however, he also ruled that customers of business are not afforded the same right.

    It is almost as if to say that the employee can keep the gun in their car at work, but they can't stop for a cup of coffee.

    Where the ridiculous part comes in is the unconstitutioinality of the ruling. In other words, the employee can keep the gun in their car if they have a CWL, but if the business has gun policy, then the customer cannot.

    This one will still have some challenges in court I think.
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    Opponents of the law see it as a property rights issue. What they fail to realize, however, is that an employee's car is the employee's property, not the company's, therefore, the company has no business telling the employee what they can or cannot keep in it, and that goes for whether the person is an employee or a patron. Period.

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