Tuesday, July 29, 2008

FL: Federal Judge Rules Parking Lot Law Constitutional

Good news for gun owners in Florida & everywhere else for that matter yesterday when Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the Florida Parking Lot Law is constitutional:

A federal judge handed down a decisive victory for gun owners in Florida yesterday. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that state law allowing employees with Right-to-Carry permits to keep a firearm in their private vehicles while at work is constitutional. The “Guns at Work” law, as it is known, has been part of a three-year effort by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to expand the self-defense rights of law-abiding gun owners . . .

Judge Hinkle rejected the argument by Florida’s Chamber of Commerce that the law is an unconstitutional taking of private property without just compensation. He also rejected the chamber’s argument that the law violates OSHA standards.
More from the NRA:
“This ruling is a significant victory for Florida gun owners,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. “NRA wanted to reinforce that it is wrong for corporations to arbitrarily demand that every man and woman on their payroll give up their right to defend themselves and their loved ones or give up their jobs. We are thankful the judge found Florida’s law to be constitutional and we hope the ruling will bring an end to a pattern of corporate disregard for gun owners’ civil rights.”

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