Arkansas lawmakers advance bill on concealed guns in parked cars

The Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that would require private employers to let workers keep handguns locked in their cars if parked in their employer’s parking lot.

The Associated Press reports that Senate Bill 33, proposed by Republican Sen. Jimmy Hickey, would only apply to lawful gun owners with concealed-carry permits and would not prevent employers from prohibiting non-employees from keeping guns in their cars if parked in the employer’s parking lot.

Employers could also prohibit employees under disciplinary actions from keeping firearms in their cars.

The bill will now head to the full Arkansas Senate for a vote.