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On March 18, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law legislation that would restrict Hoosier employers from enforcing workplace policies restricting firearms on company property. 

The law, which is similar to over a dozen other laws enacted throughout the country in recent years, was overwhelmingly approved by the Indiana General Assembly and will become effective on July 1.

“Considering the clear language of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the even stronger language of Article 1 Section Thirty-Two of the Indiana Constitution, protecting these rights as provided in HEA 1065 is appropriate,” Governor Daniels noted in his signing statement.

“I also am compelled to give great weight to the overwhelming consensus of both Houses of the General Assembly as they passed this bipartisan statute.  The law does contain ambiguities that the General Assembly may wish to refine at some future date, to avoid unnecessary litigation, but the understandable concerns raised against the bill do not suffice to justify a trespass on a fundamental right so expressly protected by our founding documents.”

Indiana businesses exempted from the provisions of the new law include child-care facilities, jails and prisons, group homes, colleges and universities, domestic violence shelters, and some public utilities and businesses that are required to meet certain requirements issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Employers are also granted immunity under the law from injury or damages in the event an incident involving a firearm occurs on their property.

Throughout this debate, SHRM has maintained that individual employers — and not the government — should decide their own workplace policies regarding firearms on company property. 



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