That’s Right Nate

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Indiana Gun Bill A Step in the Right Direction

with 4 comments

On Thursday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law permitting Indiana residents to bring their beloved firearms to work.   The law which takes effect July 1, showed broad support in clearing the Indiana House 74-20 and the state Senate 41-9.  I am glad to finally see second amendment rights being extended to those Hoosiers who choose to work for a living.  However, this legislation is still flawed.

Unfortunately, some employers employers including schools, child care centers, domestic violence shelters, and some utilities and chemical plants are exempted from having to give their workers second amendment rights on the job.   Daniels himself suggested lawmakers in the future might want to clean up some “ambiguities” in the law that prohibit 100% of all employees from having their rights.

This still doesn’t go far enough.  Half of the fun of having a gun is keeping it out of sight, but close at hand.   The current law will require employees to keep their guns locked in their cars.   That seems to defeat the whole point of having a gun.   If you want to clean your firearm on your lunch break you actually have to  go out to the parking lot like a smoker or something.

There are all sorts of benefits to employers who do allowed concealed carry.  The increased productivity of workers who don’t make eye contact at the water cooler could save a medium sized company thousands of dollars per year.   Meanwhile, customer service speed will increase when complainers know that the person they’re talking to knows where they live and is packing.  When our founding fathers wrote the Constitution they recognized how important the right to sneak a gun into the office is to a healthy functioning democracy.  Let’s honor them by giving these rights to all employees.

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Written by thatsrightnate

March 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

4 Responses

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  1. I’m afraid that some of the water cooler savings will be offset by the inevitable rise in the cost of liability insurance. I’m wondering about Worker’s Comp, too. I would think that being shot by another employee while on the premises would constitute a case for Wokers Compensation. It’ll interesting to see how this plays out.

    zenyenta

    March 19, 2010 at 5:41 am

  2. Well Zen, just because you have workplace concealed carry doesn’t necessarily mean anybody would get shot.

    thatsrightnate

    March 19, 2010 at 6:02 am

  3. Nate, it’s clear from that statement that you’ve been in Self-Storage too long. If you were in a workplace with actual people in it you’d never even suggest the possibility that no one would get shot.

    zenyenta

    March 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm

  4. I have quite a few employees Zen. The key to not getting shot is communication.

    thatsrightnate

    March 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm


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