Attorney Wayne Young was interviewed by Arkansas Business reporter Mark Friedman concerning Act 1071 which protects the right of each citizen to carry and store a handgun in his or her vehicle where the private vehicle is permitted.
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The 91st General Assembly passed a bill that allows employees to bring their concealed handguns to their employer’s private parking lot.
That along with other legislation that made it out of the 2017 regular session caught the eye of attorney H. Wayne Young, a partner at Friday Eldredge & Clark and a member of its labor and employment law practice group. He recently sat down with Arkansas Business at the Little Rock firm’s office to discuss the new laws.
“Guns were a big issue,” Young said of the regular session.
The intent of SB 37, now Act 1071, is to reinforce and protect the right of each citizen “to carry and store a handgun in his or her vehicle anyplace where the private motor vehicle is otherwise permitted to be located,” the legislation said. The handgun has to be stored in a locked container that is out of sight in the locked car.
Young said he thought the bill, which had surfaced in previous sessions, finally passed for the same reason House Bill 1249 passed. Rep. Charlie Collins, a Republican whose district includes parts of Washington County, sponsored the bill, which allows concealed-carry licensees to bring their handguns on public college campuses after they complete an eight-hour training course.
Wayne is a partner in the firm and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. He was named the 2017 Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award Recipient by the Arkansas SHRM. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of time and effort in local, state or federal legislative advocacy on behalf of the Human Resources profession.