Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Thursday signed into law the Emergency Powers and Parking Lots Act, otherwise known as the “Bring Your Gun to Work” Act. The Act, effective July 1, 2010, allows appropriately licensed employees to bring firearms and ammunition onto the property of their employers as long as the weapons and ammunition are locked in a glove box or trunk or stored out of plain sight in a locked vehicle.
Governor Daniels, citing language in both the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Indiana Constitution, called the legislation appropriate. "I also am compelled to give great weight to the overwhelming consensus of both houses of the General Assembly as they passed this bipartisan statute," Daniels said in a statement. "The understandable concerns raised against the bill do not suffice to justify a trespass on a fundamental right so expressly protected by our founding documents."
Some employers, such as schools, universities, prisons, child-care centers and domesticviolence shelters are exempt from the law, as are certain companies regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Homeland Security. Employers who are not exempt from the Act should rewrite any policies that prohibit firearms or other weapons on the property of the employer. New policy language should prohibit the illegal possession of firearms and the possession of other weapons on employer property. In addition, employers should consider requiring employees who intend to keep weapons in their car to provide proof of registration. Such a policy could also be implemented in connection with an employers’ orientation process for new employees.