No doubt in the halls of GP, cadres of attorneys are hard at work to ensure that they can ignore any current and future gun laws in this state, as well. In Florida, they’ve already thrown down the gauntlet:
Georgia-Pacific has declared that its Palatka toilet- and tissue-paper plant isn’t bound by a controversial employee gun-rights law, citing a Homeland Security exemption because the company handles barge-loads of explosive fuel.
So what’s their defense?
And the federal law Georgia-Pacific cites is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Maritime Security regulations. Under the regulations, the Department of Homeland Security required the Atlanta-based paper company to have a permit and a safety plan — which bans firearms on the property — because the Palatka mill barges in about 700 gallons of fuel oil daily to run its paper mill, said company spokesman Jeremy Alexander. ”This is based on our Homeland Security requirements. It’s not because of the products we make,” Alexander said. Citing confidentiality, the company wouldn’t furnish a copy of the document. Homeland Security referred calls to a Coast Guard spokesperson who didn’t return calls.