PIERRE, SD – A bill recently passed in the South Dakota House of Representatives would give more rights to employees. But some say it takes too many away from the business.
It is said that politics can make strange bed fellows. On this issue I have to agree with Repersentive Feinstein.
“I am not against the second amendment; I am not against hunting. Our heritage is important to South Dakota, it’s important to the South Dakota economy, it’s important to the citizens of South Dakota. But I also believe that an employer has the right to police their own property as they see fit,” Feinstein said.
As a property owner, I should have the right to set various rules as I see fit for the situation at hand.
If I host a party and say no drinking and driving, that means you hand me your car keys before popping the top on a beer. If I set the rule “lights out at 10:00 for teenagers,” that means cell phones as well. If I say no firearms locked in your car while you are at work, then that is rule. If you don’t like my rules, then don’t come.
There might be a situation where there might be small children or flammables, that don’t mix well with firearms. There just might be a good reason to not allow firearms.
I believe in the second amendment, and open carry laws I don’t have a problem with someone wanting to have a firearm in the workplace. As a superior, I would ask that you let me know about it. I have no problem with someone wanting to go hunting after work. If you want to keep a rifle for varmints, again no problem. The problem I have, is being told I have to allow it.
If the argument sounds familiar, it is. This is the same argument used during the smoking ban.
During the smoking ban debate, the smoking opponents decided it was easier to convince 105 legislators and Governor to tell property owners or business operators what they can’t allow on their property. Now the National Rifle Association is trying to do the same thing only telling property owners what they have to allow. If we keep this up, the only responsibility property owners will have is to pay taxes.