HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Many Alabama gun owners have to leave their firearms behind when it's time to go to work, but a bill under review by lawmakers may soon change that.
State Sen. Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) is sponsoring legislation that would allow gunowners to bring their firearms to the workplace, as long as the weapons stay locked in their vehicle and out of sight.
Many Alabama employers currently have policies that prevent workers from bringing their guns onto company property. But if the bill passes it would strike down those policies, and punish businesses who try to fire or discipline employees for bringing their guns to work. Senator Bedford says the law just makes sense.
"This law provides legal protection for them, it's part of the Second Amendment," said Bedford. "It is unfortunate that some of the business community is trying to take away Alabama's Second Amendment rights to legally and responsibly bear firearms, and this would make sure that they cannot be terminated for doing it in a responsible manner, having it locked up."
Gun owners would still be prevented from actually carrying their weapons inside if their employer's company policy forbids it. The proposed law only applies to those people who have a legal permit to carry, and is not applicable to workplaces that are on federal property like Redstone Arsenal.
Senator Bedford pushed a similar version of the law two years ago. It passed the Senate by a near-unanimous margin, but ended up dying in the House. Florida, Louisiana and Oklahoma are some of the other states that already have identical laws on the books.