Alabama Senate Bill 286 passed the Alabama Senate by a vote of 28-5 on April 4, 2013. If enacted, the law would result in some major changes for private employers and private property owners relating to the storage and transportation of firearms by employees or invitees.
The bill provides that – as allowed under current law - employers can restrict employees from carrying firearms on their person while on the employer’s property or while engaged in their employment activity. However, employers would be prevented from restricting or prohibiting employees from transporting or storing firearms in the employee’s privately-owned vehicle. In order to fall within the protections of SB 286, employees must (1) operate or park their private vehicle in an area where it is regularly allowed to be, and (2) keep firearms out of view from ordinary observation in attended vehicles, or in unattended vehicles, keep firearms in a locked compartment such as a glove box or trunk.
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