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Indiana Manufacturer Battles Lifted Handgun Ban

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 12:06pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana steel company is disregarding a new state law that lets workers bring their guns to work, while other businesses are weighing a possible legal challenge.

A memo to ArcelorMittal workers in East Chicago and Burns Harbor says that federal law pre-empts the state law and that the company will strictly enforce its firearms ban.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce president Kevin Brinegar says his group is working with several businesses to explore the possibility of a lawsuit. He says they feel the law infringes on their property rights.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Rachel Parsons says 12 other states have similar gun laws, and federal courts have upheld such laws in Oklahoma and Florida.

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