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Gun Battle Ends in a Draw

July 29th, 2008 by flanews

The three year gun battle between the NRA and the Florida Chamber of Commerce has ended in a draw, at least for now. A Federal judge upheld the law allowing employees to keep guns locked in their cars while theyre at work but his interpretation weakened the law. When the law took effect in July all employees and customers could keep guns in their cars in the parking lots of Florida businesses. Now only employees who are licensed can take guns to their work places. Florida Chamber of Commerce Spokesman Dan Krassner sees the ruling as a win for Florida Businesses.

The good news is that visitors and customers coming on private property, the court sided with the Florida Chamber in that, that employees should be able to limits those visitors, said Krassner.

At least four Florida companies, including Disney, still claim theyre exempt from the law. Attorney General Bill McCollum has been receiving complaints from people who were told they could bring their guns to work.

We are in the process of looking at, on a case by case basis as the law requires, those who are claiming exemptions under the law, and those are still being resolved. There are about four of them now that were aware of, organizations that believe either a portion or all of their property is exempt, said McCollum.

Governor Charlie Crist said hes glad he was able to sign the legislation.

My reaction is, I think its a good ruling. I applaud the judge and Im glad I signed the bill, said Crist.

The NRA is also claiming victory. No word yet on whether or not either side will appeal the judges decision.

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