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Another gun bill from last session returns

Another gun bill that didn't survive last session is back.

HB49, filed Thursday by Rep. Phil Shepard, a Republican from Jacksonville, resurrects the bring-your-gun-to-work day bill. Well, it's not called that exactly.

It would allow employees to keep firearms and ammunition locked in their vehicles while at work. It attempts to provide some liability assurances to businesses, which last session objected to a similar bill on grounds of safety and liability.

On Wednesday, another bill was filed that seeks to allow those with permits to carry concealed handguns to bring them into restaurants that serve alcohol. That bill also failed to survive last session.

The session is only two days old and there are already five gun bills, only one of which is more restrictive than current law.

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