Disney World tries to get out of Florida gun law
Interesting story out of Central Florida, where Disney is trying to get out of a new Florida law
that allows employees to bring guns to work.
The law doesn't allow employees to pack while working; they have to keep guns locked in their cars. The law exempts certain businesses though, including ones that keep explosives on the premises, such as... fireworks.
That's the loophole Disney's playing, according to the article linked above.
I'm not a gun fan, but I can't get too worked up about guns locked in employees' cars. Especially when employees park in lots removed from the workplace, and have to go through a security check-point to get from that lot into their workplace (as Disney theme park employees have to do). Still, I think it's a stupid law, one that will enable more people to pack guns in their cars and that likely will result in more road-rage killings in the state.
But the whiz kids in the Florida legislature passed it and now it's law. Not that Disney's ever gotten creative to get around Florida laws before. *cough* ReedyCreekImprovementDistrict *cough*
I suppose that I've merely created the opportunity for a flame war over guns now, but, hey, the single-digit comment counts over the past couple posts have been getting me down anyway. Is Disney right? Or the NRA? Fire away (pun sort of intended) in the comments....
i would have to agree with you that it is a very stupid law- smart thinking for Disney to get out of it, since it is a more family oriented place
It's a smart move on many levels. The company wants to advertise itself as a family-oriented experience, and the press from this incident ensures potential customers that the company is level-minded.
This is definitely a stupid law. First, employees at Disney definitely don't need guns. Second, road rage is too frequent that we don't need to have people getting shot at on the roads.
Weird, I personally think it doesn't make sense, but then again, I am not a gun fan
Disney will find a way out. I don't know if the Reedy Creek loophole will work this time, but the fireworks one may fly.
Maybe they should go one step further and allow cast members to carry guns in the park as well? Just think of the cool additions to the costumes in Frontierland!
This law just screams of huge potential problem down the road somewhere. I don't think that it is necessary to have a gun even locked in your car at work unless you are working in some sort of law enforcement job. I guess I am just unable to figure out why it would be useful to have a gun locked in your car in the first place not like you can use it in a split second if needed!
Just a tid-bit of information here:
I'm canadian, and I don't know anyone who owns a gun. Oh wait a minute, my brother owns a few. Of course, he lives in the U.S...
But the law in Canada works for a reasons that don't apply in the United States. There are already quite literally hundreds of thousands of handguns on the streets, and a great many of them are in the hands of people who live outside the law. Handgun laws have been on the books for years, and yet, the rates of violent crimes committed by illegal hand guns by those who posses those guns illegally never goes down. In Canada, there may be a stronger brotherhood between men, or any other number of societal causes for the less prevelant use of firearms, but whatever it is, that dynamic does not exist in the United States.
Disney employees do not need to carry a piece…
First I am a gun owner, and I have many friends who also own guns, and many that feel they don't belong in their house too. Too each their own, but everyone assumes that this law is going to increase crimes? Last time I was in the gun shop I didn't see anyone buying one for a drive by or to rob a store. Maybe I shop in the wrong places? I also know growning up my parents, grandparents had guns in the house. You were taught to RESPECT a gun, and people had more common sense back then maybe, and there was no need for gun locks even. And I would like to bet that if you go through the cars at Disney you will find not only employees, but park guest with guns in their cars even before the law was past. Most those who are going to break the laws and use a gun in a crime don't care as pointed out already, what the laws state. I for one won't ever carry my gun in the car, more worried about it being stolen and then used in the wrong way. I do agree every american should have the right to own a gun, but there is limits to where. Disney parking lot, yes, schools no. Basically comes down to opinion and beliefs.
Ha, I like these controversial heated discussions, like the one about the ethics of visiting Dubai.
A few things:
FWIW, legal liability (or immunity) means nothing in the court of public opinion. Disney doesn't want to deal with the publicity of guns, gun violence or violence of any sort on its property. Whether it is the company's fault or not.
The question is not one of gun control -- that issue is already solved, since one needs a permit in Florida to carry a weapon in public. Florida is NOT a "permissive open carry" state. However, Florida already allows non-permitted gun owners to carry weapons in their vehicles, as long as they are secured in appropriate carry devices (snapped holsters, cases) and not in the immediate control of the driver or occupants. (Permitted Concealed Carry owners have different rules for vehicles.) This vehicular carry right clashes with the property rights of business owners, who claim they should be able to refuse entry or employment to those who are exercising their rights under Florida's existing gun laws; hence, the enactment of the "Florida Guns at Work Law," which makes it illegal for businesses to discriminate against customers, employees or invitees who are exercising their rights under existing Florida gun laws.
Thanks for assuming how I think Ted, it's just that in this day and age nothing good ever comes out of guns and other similar weaponry. People need guns as much as they need an STD, where both can ward off other people.
There is a throng of people howling about second amendment rights on the Orlando Sentinel's comment page. And all of them seem to be missing a few FACTS.
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