Legal Alert: Florida's Guns At Work Law to Take Effect July 1, 2008


As most employers in Florida are aware, the Florida ?Guns at Work? law is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2008. The law, which prohibits public and private employers from banning guns in their parking lots, has been challenged by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation. A federal district court heard argument on the case yesterday (June 25). Although the judge did not rule at the close of the hearing, his comments reflected skepticism of the law. Many employers were hoping the judge would issue an order temporarily prohibiting enforcement of the law; however, the judge stated that he needed more time to consider the issue. The judge also stated that he doubted the groups challenging the law would suffer irreparable harm before he makes a decision, which likely will be in mid-July. Accordingly, it appears the law will take effect July 1, as scheduled.

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