We have to understand what this bill is actually for.
As it is now, (pre HB896) the law defines places that you cannot carry legally. It also gives owners the option of barring carrying on their property. Both of these are defined as "premises".
For example, you cannot carry on the â€œpremisesâ€? of a business that derives 51% or more of their income from on premises alcohol consumption; you cannot carry on the â€œpremisesâ€? of a hospital IF it is posted with a 30.06 sign; You cannot carry on the â€œpremisesâ€? of a school; etc.
The law goes on to define what â€œpremisesâ€? means. In the law it is NOT the parking area, sidewalks, and a few other outside public type areas.
So, without HB896, it is legal to store your firearm in your car. That is to say, you will not be arrested for it. You could however still be fired for doing so.
What HB896 is meant to do is forbid an employer from firing you for doing something that is legal, but that they donâ€™t like.
HB896 is to protect employees from being fired while doing something entirely legal. It is not to make the act legal, but to protect you from retribution from employers.
Obviously, Iâ€™m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on the internet. Take this at the value you paid for it.