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Disney Challenges New Gun Law, Fires Security Guard

July 8th, 2008 by flanews

A new law continues to create havoc across the state. For eight days now Floridians with gun licenses have been allowed to keep their guns locked in their cars while at work. They also have the right to keep their employers from searching their vehicles to look for firearms. Before the law took affect the Florida Chamber of Commerce filed for an injunction to keep the law from taking effect. Disney says its exempts from the law because of a loophole. Disney has a license to store fireworks. The law allows exemptions for business that deal with explosives. According to reports, Disney fired an employee who didnt let them search his car for guns. NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer said Disney isnt above this law.

I dont believe Disney has the exemption theyre claiming. I have talked to many legislatures who say there was never any intention to exempt Disney in anyway so its going to play out in the Attorney Generals office, said Hammer.

The Attorney General has received about 20 complaints against Disney. Attorney General Spokeswoman Sandi Copes said her office is still investigating the situation.

Consumers are bringing their concerns to our attention and were taking a look at them. You have to keep in mind that there is currently a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statute, so were keeping an eye on all the factors involved in this case before we make a decision, said Copes.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is challenging the law in court. Chief Strategist for the Florida Chamber Dan Krassner said the law is confusing.

Clearly this is an irrational law. There is confusion across the state. The Florida Chamber of Commerce advises businesses and our members to consult with their HR and their legal professionals to interpret how this might impact their businesses on a case by case basis, said Krassner.

A ruling on the injunction filed by the Chamber is expected to come down sometime during the next two weeks.

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