The Associated Press March 30, 2011, 5:08PM ET

ND Senate: Gun owners can bring firearms to work

North Dakota gun owners may soon be able to bring their firearms to work, if they're kept locked in a car or truck.

The state Senate voted 41-5 on Wednesday to approve legislation that says business owners can't ban someone from bringing a gun onto company property.

The law says companies can prevent employees from bringing guns inside the workplace. But they can't bar them from a parking lot as long as the gun is locked up.

Minot Sen. Oley Larsen says workers shouldn't have to give up their right to legally carry firearms in their vehicles.

Williston Sen. Stan Lyson says the bill violates the rights of business owners who want to keep guns away from their property.

The bill now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple.


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