Gun Law Creates New “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Gun Law Creates New “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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You can never be sure what car might have a gun in the trunk.  There are countless videos online showing how to properly store your firearm.  Some business owners aren't worried about the changes.

"I don't see it affecting me at all. My employees, as far as I know, don't carry," says Sign Pro owner Brian Vailes.  The governor is on the same page.

"I don't think it's going to affect things one way or the other," says Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.   The Alabama Cooperative Extension service hosted a very long webinar on the ins and outs of the law for business owners.  The law prevents business owners from asking if an employee has a gun in their car. They also advise employees to keep quiet if they do. 

"Low profile I think is just the best way to act within this situation. Of course, that would be well within the law," says Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.  The gun has to be out of sight and the new law takes precedence over company handbooks that may forbid guns in the parking lot.

"State law will always trump the individual policy of a company, so Alabama companies really need to be aware that the law significantly changed as of next week," says Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Beth Marietta Lyons.  Employers do have some options. If an employee with a gun says they may hurt someone--chiefly call law enforcement.  The new law specifically says the simple act of having a gun in your car isn't a crime.  You can watch the Extension Service webinar here.  You can read the new gun law here

The law generally covers most private businesses in the state.  Some restrictions still apply to some government employers and guarded parking lots. 

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