Bill would bar businesses from restricting firearms in employees' personal cars

Sunday, December 21, 2008 | 5:30 p.m. CST; updated 11:05 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 3, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A recently pre-filed bill would bar businesses from restricting the possession of a firearm in an automobile not owned or leased by the business. Also, businesses would no longer be responsible for implementing security measures to protect customers.

Opposition to the bill is more concerned with the provision that allows employees to carry a firearm while in a non-company vehicle while working.

"Everyone we arm makes our society that much more dangerous, and we're letting a lot of people off of taking personal responsibility for their behavior," Sen. Joan Bray, D-St. Louis County, said.

Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, the sponsor of the bill, said businesses should not be liable for the criminal actions of third parties.

"We have instances of businesses being sued over crimes that occurred on their property that had nothing to do with them or their preparation for crime, for instance, parking lots where they were well lit, where they had taken on the precautions, had video cameras for security," Scott said.

Scott said he thinks the insurance agencies already have safety practice mandates. There are things businesses can't control, he said, and businesses should not be held responsible for those occurrences.

The bill was filed last session as well but never made it to the floor for debate.

Scott said most of the opposition it faced in previous years came from trial lawyers.

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