[r57] House passes bill regarding 2nd Amendment (4/6/2011)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Start Date: 4/6/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/6/2011
STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) sponsored Senate Bill (SB) 411 which passed out of the House with an 80 to 17 vote. The legislation helps protect employees' rights to carry a firearm to and from their place of employment.

The bill grants firearm protections by allowing an employee to take civil action against a public or private employer for infringing on their rights to bear arms as it pertains to conditions of employment.

"If a firearm is purchased legally and the person has a legal permit for the firearm, they should be able to carry that firearm as a means of protection," said Rep. Eberhart. "Hoosiers should not have to leave their firearm at home because their employer doesn't agree with the state's gun laws-nor should they have to agree to leave it at home as an agreement upon employment."

SB 411 is critical to upholding the intent of two bills that passed the General Assembly last session. Current state law enables employees to carry firearms as a means of protection when traveling to and from work. As a condition of that law, the firearm has to be legally obtained, the employee has to have a permit and the firearm has to be locked in the employee's vehicle.

The legislation did exempt some facilities, including certain schools and government buildings.

However, since its passage, lawmakers have been contacted by constituents, detailing complaints that public and private companies were requiring employees to disclose information about whether the employee owns, possesses, uses or transports a firearm to and from their place of business.

"It is imperative to add protections to the legislation passed last year so Hoosiers can bear arms when traveling to and from their work," said Rep. Eberhart, a sponsor of the legislation.

"I am strongly opposed to employers encroaching on our constitutional rights, and I will always seek to uphold the 2nd Amendment to the fullest regard as it was intended," concluded Rep. Eberhart.

If signed by the governor, the bill would take effect July 1, 2011.