NRA wins round 1 in controversial law03/27/07 Mitch E.Perry
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A controversial measure pitting the National Rifle Association against Florida's business lobby won its first test of the 2007 session, as it passed 7 to 1 in The Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
The NRA-backed bill would make it illegal for businesses to prevent their employees from keeping guns locked in their cars when they park at work.
A similar measure divided the Republican-controlled Legislature a year ago, drawing headlines across Florida.
The language in this year's legislation is somewhat different.
Dubbed the "Individual Personal Private Property Protection Act of 2007," it would forbid an employer from stopping workers or customers from storing any "lawfully possessed" product in their cars when they park on the employer's property.
The word firearm isn't mentioned until the fifth page of the eight-page bill.
Florida business groups are united against the bill.
The only nay vote came from the ranking Democrat on the Committee, Dave Aronberg.
He said that there is no way in good conscious he could have voted for the legislation
(roll tape#1 o.q.”struck down immediately”)
That’s Florida Democratic State Senator Dave Aronberg, the only member of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee to vote against an NRA sponsored bill that would make it illegal for businesses to prevent their employees from keeping guns locked in their cars when they park at work.