Missouri senators support firearms discrimination bill

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 9:49 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri Senate panel has endorsed legislation making it illegal for employers to discriminate against current or prospective workers who have concealed weapon permits or have used a legal firearm.

The measure would prohibit refusing to hire an applicant solely because the person has used a firearm for a legal purpose, such as self-defense.

Employers would also be prohibited from classifying job applicants differently based on whether they have a concealed carry permit or have used a gun in the past.

The Missouri House of Representatives passed the bill last month. The Senate's general laws committee approved it on a 12-0 vote Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate.

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Jonathan Hopfenblatt April 18, 2012 | 3:56 p.m.

I wonder how many people have actually been discriminated against for owning/discharging/supporting the use of firearms. This bill looks like yet another complete waste of time and resources on the part of our legislature.

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Michael Williams April 18, 2012 | 5:52 p.m.

Jon: It's a "make hay while the sun shines" thingie.

We saw the same sort of thing 3.5 years ago.

The only difference is what one considers a waste of time and resources.

After all, some folks don't see this as a waste of time at all. They call it a "roadblock", aka "pre-emptive strike", to avoid what is almost certain further erosion.

In their eyes.

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Jonathan Hopfenblatt April 19, 2012 | 2:44 a.m.

But this is the same thing as the new bill forcing employers to provide contraception coverage, except it goes the other direction (i.e. making conservatives happy and liberals unhappy). Both are a waste of time and resources, nevermind that the same criticism can be levied against this bill just as has been done for the healthcare one, with the "war on religion" nonsense.

Why should I be forced to hire (or keep employed) a gun nut if I REALLY believe that guns are the worst thing ever? Why do that guy's beliefs trump mine?

(And no, I don't care about the 2nd Amendment either way, as I've said plenty of times before. I'm just illustrating the point.)

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