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Gun Battle Pits NRA Against Florida Chamber

February 7th, 2008 by flanews

A two year battle over gun rights is pitting two of Florida’s most power groups, the NRA and Florida Businesses, against each other. The issue is over whether you can have a legal firearm in your car while you are at work. As Whitney Ray tells us, a similar bill was voted down last year, but legislators have revamped it for the March session.

Hear it here: Gun Battle Pits NRA Against Florida Chamber

Businesses across the state want to keep guns out of workplace parking lots. Proposed legislation would allow people to keep legal guns in their cars while they were at work. The Florida Chamber of Commerce hates the idea.

“This is an attack on the property rights of every Floridian the people
who put their risk capital at work everyday,” Said Chamber of Commerce President Mark Wilson.

Former NRA President Marion Hammer is pushing the legislation.

“When someone searches your car, that’s a violation of your constitutional right to privacy,” said Hammer. “If someone tells you, you can’t have a fire arm inside your personal vehicle in a public access parking lot their further violating your right to keep and bare arms.”

Republican Senator Charlie Dean is a member of the NRA. He opposes the bill. Dean said NRA leaders are out of touch with what members want.

“It’s much more of an issue, sometimes, with ego than it is with leadership
than it is a critical issue with our membership,” said Dean.

“Senator Dean needs to read his e-mail. He needs to read some of our e-mails. He needs to talk to some of the attorneys that call us because people’s rights are being violated,” said Hammer.

Both the NRA and the Florida Chamber are so adamant that compromise isn’t in the air, which will force lawmakers to choose between two of the state’s most powerful groups. Last year’s proposed bill protected all legal material left in employees’ vehicles. This year it was changed to just cover guns.

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