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Take Your Guns to Work — Crazy or Constitutional?

The passing of Charlton "Cold, Dead Hands" Heston, might have me in the NRA frame of mind, but this story jumped out at me: Lawmakers in Florida passed a bill yesterday that will allow most residents to bring a gun with them to work.

The bill allows workers to keep guns in their cars for self-protection, passed the Florida Senate 26-13, and heads to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to be signed into law. Some job sites are still no-gun zones, including nuclear power plants, prisons, schools and companies whose business involves homeland security.

A Republican lawmaker said of the bill, "The second thing they wrote about in that constitution was the right to bear arms. It was what was dear in their hearts."

Critics say the measure takes away business owners' rights to decide what happens on their property and puts workers and managers at risk from armed and disgruntled employees.

Dozens of workplace shootings occur every year. Some studies have shown that work places where guns are allowed are more likely to suffer workplace homicides than those where guns are prohibited.

Does this sound like a just application of the second amendment, or a recipe for disaster?


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