Here is the response I received from Governor Mitch Daniel's office regarding my recent letter requesting his refusal of a bill that will now allow employees to keep guns in their cars while at work. Unfortunately this bill does not specifically exclude nursing homes or assisted living facilities and will now go into affect July 1, 2010:
Dear Mr. Maupin,
Thank you for your letter and for sharing your thoughts with the Governor. He appreciates the time you took to share your views on this subject.
House Bill 1065, various provisions concerning firearms, passed the Indiana General Assembly and was signed by Governor Daniels. This bill will go into effect on July 1, 2010.
Governor Daniels statement regarding HEA 1065:
"Considering the clear language of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the even stronger language of Article 1 Section Thirty-Two of the Indiana Constitution, protecting these rights as provided in HEA 1065 is appropriate. I also am compelled to give great weight to the overwhelming consensus of both Houses of the General Assembly as they passed this bipartisan statute. The law does contain ambiguities that the General Assembly may wish to refine at some future date, to avoid unnecessary litigation, but the understandable concerns raised against the bill do not suffice to justify a trespass on a fundamental right so expressly protected by our founding documents."
The 2010 Bill Watch on the governor's website has been established. We will continue to update the website as bills are received and/or action is taken by the governor. You may view this webpage at http://www.in.gov/gov/billwatch.htm.
Please be assured that Governor Daniels monitors all legislation very closely as it proceeds through the legislative process and thoroughly reviews all bills that are brought to him for approval or veto.
Thank you for your citizenship.