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Interpreting Your Company's CCW Policy

If you own your own business, in almost every state that entitles you to be able to carry a gun on the premises. In all other cases, you are on someone else’s private property. This does not explicitly deny you the right to carry concealed, but there are some good practices every concealed carrier should take before doing so.

There’s three places you can generally go in almost any job to find out if they have a policy that allows you to carry concealed during working hours and on the property. Those three places to check to see if you’re good to carry concealed are:

Employee Handbook

This is your first, best resource. Some companies are slow to update their employee handbook so don’t be surprised if there isn’t anything specifically mentioning an employee carrying a handgun with a permit. However, you need to make sure there isn’t any policy that explicitly says you can’t.

Remember, you’re a licensed concealed carrier. You’ve undergone background checks, have a clean record, and in most cases some proof of completion of a handgun safety course. Between these three things, you are an asset, not a liability.

Human Resources

Your Human Resources department should have a definitive answer to whether or not you can carry a handgun concealed on you during working hours. If they don’t know the answer, they can go find out. The good thing about addressing your Human Resources department is that they will be able to cite you a specific answer.

Make sure you have that answer documented. This can save your proverbial butt if you end up in a defensive gun situation or your carrying of a handgun gets called into question.

If your company does not have an existing concealed carry policy, use this as an opportunity to educate them on the benefits of having one.

Your Boss

Not everyone has a dedicated human resources team that can look up and investigate the answers relating to carrying a concealed handgun at work. When all else fails (or doesn’t exist) talk to your boss. If you feel you have that relationship with your boss, you might just skip the previous two and ask him.

No matter what: get the results in writing.

If your boss gives you a green light, just draft up a statement that says something to the same effect and have him sign and date it. This can be used as evidence you had permission to carry your concealed handgun on private property in the course of your profession.

Working strictly off a “handshake and a nod” is not a good way to go through with this. You need documentation. This protects you in the unlikely event your handgun is called into question at a later date.

If you end up determining you cannot carry your handgun concealed on your person while at work, the two best solutions are to securely lock it up in a container in your vehicle or have a designated secure locker at the workplace. The latter ensures you can have it when you head out to your car. The former ensures you still have access to your gun when you go home at night.

Play it smart. Make sure you have documentation on your side. Carry concealed everywhere you can.

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  • Green Hornet

    I have found that large corporations with headquarters in another state are highly likely to say NO, not even on their property which includes the parking lot, I have been surprised that a couple of companies were ok with carrying or leaving it in your vehicle. Most companies HR groups are NOT Human or Resourceful and will likely have your pink slip and the cops waiting for you after asking the question, even small companies in rural areas seem to be slipping into the NO gun zone. The media has scared more people about guns than guns themselves. Need more community education, less media BS

    • They have stickers/decals everywhere where I work: No Weapons Zone or Allowed.

  • William Alan Toive Richter

    The company I work for doesn’t expressly forbid the carry of weapons, nor is it posted anywhere that you can’t carry, but they do state in the employee handbook that you may be “subject to immediate termination” if discovered possessing or using a weapon on company property. So while it’s not illegal for me to, I can still lose my job for doing so. I’ve worked for companies that didn’t have a policy, but I’ve yet to find a company that expressly allows licensed carry.

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  • Any weapons are verboten where I work. The funny thing is that I had to take an active shooter workshop. Basically get out if you can. That said, they can’t tell us what we can have in our cars, but once out of the car, can’t have anything. If caught, it’s a firing offense.

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    If your company provides you with permission to carry while on company time while on company
    property, they could be liable for any injuries caused by your firearm justifiable use or not. As companies
    really do not like to get involved in legal disputes (costs lots of money and given then liberal bent of the lame stream media – bad publicity) it would be highly unlikely that you would get “permission” to carry.

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