It started in the early 1990s with Take Our Daughters To Work Day.

That program was officially expanded in 2003 to Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.

This week, the Legislature’s passage of HB 4187 might give rise to a call for a Take Your Guns to Work Days.

The bill is titled the Business Liability Protection Act. But that certainly looks to be a misnomer.

What it does is not allow the owner or manager of a property to prohibit employees, customers or invitees from having a loaded gun, provided it’s inside a locked vehicle or compartment.

Businesses face a $5,000 fine it they even ask if anyone has a gun locked in a vehicle.

The only exceptions we gathered upon reviewing the six-page bill were primary and secondary schools. Yes, WVU’s sports venues, courthouses, churches, big retailers, petrochemical plants and anywhere else are not exempt.

Of course, it should not surprise anyone that whatever the gun lobby wants from our Legislature, it gets.

But what did surprise us is the overwhelming bipartisan support in the House for this bill and the lopsided vote, 85-14.

Almost incredibly, the opposition was also bipartisan — five Republicans and nine Democrats.

One local delegate commented that it was the wrong time “to dramatically expand access to weapons ... ”

Apparently many believe it makes workplaces safer, but on the contrary, we get a strong impression it makes them more dangerous.

Requiring a firearm be locked up in your vehicle does not prevent your access to that weapon. It doesn’t even stymie someone from getting a gun.

But of course, everyone who owns a gun is a responsible gun owner and would never do anything rash or violent at work. Right?

We would argue too that this bill, rather than respect the rights of property owners, including their parking lots, restricts them. Yes, vehicles are private property, too, but when one enters a privately owned parking lot, it is on someone else’s property.

As for attracting businesses to relocate to West Virginia, this is a not a sure-fire selling point.

Businesses are already responsible for reasonably ensuring the safety of their workers, customers and so on. That’s why they carry liability insurance.

This bill supposedly provides for immunity from liability for guns in vehicles on their premises.

But we suspect that allowing for guns at private businesses would raise their premiums and still put them in the cross-hairs of litigation if there was a shooting..

We urge the state Senate to lock up this bill in a compartment in a parking lot of its own.