From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar's 2nd Amendment Protection Passes Senate Unanimously

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) — Hard working and law abiding Texans scored a major victory yesterday with the unanimous senate passage of Senate Bill 730. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives where it will be considered in committee and then by the full chamber. Senate Bill 730 is a measure that will prevent employers from adopting policies that deny 2nd Amendment protections to their employees who wish to store legally owned firearms in their locked vehicles in the parking lot of their workplace. Hegar’s bill is in response to a number of instances across the state where employees have been denied the right to protect themselves while traveling to and from work because their employers have adopted overly restrictive policies.

"I am extremely proud and thankful that all of my senate colleagues joined me in moving this vital legislation forward. This bill will reverse the injustice that thousands of Texans face by being unable keep their legal firearms in their personal vehicles because their employer has chosen to disallow legal firearms on their property, even those hidden in locked vehicles," said Senator Hegar.

Millions of Texans spend hours each week in their cars and trucks as they commute to and from work. These commutes may be comfortable and safe for many, but others are not so lucky, as their daily drives take them through dangerous neighborhoods. Unfortunately, some Texans are forced to make the choice between adhering to their employer’s policy prohibiting storage of their legally owned firearm in their locked vehicle on company property (non-adherence to which is oftentimes grounds for termination) and protecting themselves by having their legal firearm available to them as they make their daily commute.

Legislation similar to Senate Bill 730 is being considered in a number of states and has already been passed into law in the neighboring states of Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as in eight other states: Mississippi, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kentucky, Alaska, Florida, and Georgia.

Hegar said that Senate Bill 730 is common sense legislation that balances the rights of both employer and employee. Under the measure, employees will regain their express right to store a legally owned firearm(s) and ammunition at their place of work, and with it the ability to protect themselves as they travel to and from their jobs. Employers will be protected from any lawsuit resulting from the use of a firearm stored on their property and they can still forbid an employee from carrying a firearm in company owned vehicles. Hegar said his bill also provides employers with the option of requiring employees who exercise their right to carry to and from work to use a separate parking area supplied by the employer.

"Responsible and law-abiding gun owners should not be forced to choose between personal protection and protecting their jobs," said Hegar. "Senate Bill 730 will ensure that no hard-working Texan will again face that difficult and unfair choice," he concluded.