Guns: Dems Slam GOP Bill to Loosen Weapon Storage Restrictions for State Employees' Cars
This time, lawmakers are fighting over a GOP proposal that would allow state employees to keep their firearms in their vehicles on state property.
Democratic representative Stacey Newman -- who has struggled to get any traction with her universal background check bill -- says that these pro-gun proposals are embarrassing, especially while the federal government is debating serious safety measures.
"The national conversation is, 'How do we reduce gun violence? How do we save lives?'" Newman tells Daily RFT. "Here, there's no debate. It's all about, 'Let's increase gun sales.'"
The legislation, full draft on view below, is sponsored by Republican representative Jeanie Riddle and includes several revisions to firearm laws in the state. The section that's got Newman fired up says:
The state shall not prohibit anystate employee from having a firearm in the employee's vehicle on the state's property provided that the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible. This subsection shall only apply to the state as an employer when the state employee's vehicle is on property owned or leased by the state and the state employee is conducting activities within the scope of his or her employment.
"It's clearly an NRA bill," Newman says, adding that there wasn't even an opportunity for serious debate.
Her concern is that gun theft and gun trafficking are on the rise in urban areas and this only opens the door to more crime and gun violence.
"Every year, we come up with a loosening of concealed-carry [laws]," she says.
We reported earlier this week on an amendment in one privacy bill that would make the process of getting a concealed-carry permit easier.
Continue for more of our interview with Stacey Newman and for the full bill.