Should Your Workplace Allow Concealed Carry Weapons?

Though gun laws remain a hot button topic of controversy, there are times when one’s legal ability to be armed means nothing. Private property owned by non-government entities are allowed to ban people from bringing concealed weapons of all kinds on the premises and if one is caught with such a weapon, they have little legal recourse to deal with repercussions of breaking the concealed weapons rules of private property.

Concealed carry weapon hidden in beltWhile all private citizens may have rights to weapons, they also have the right to disallow weapons on property they own. As an example, in Nevada, you may have a Nevada CCW permit, which allows you to carry a concealed weapon. However, public places with private owners will likely have their own rules and regulations for weapons that employees and customers will need to follow unless they wish to be fired or kicked out.

Of note are weapons in the workplace. Because most non-government workplaces are private property, one’s employers are free to make any rules and regulations regarding concealed weapons they please. Many workplaces have no problems adhering to the same weapons rules as written in the state’s laws, and thus any weapon brought into the workplace is as acceptable as it would be on the street.

As something of a corollary though, just because a concealed weapon is allowed does not protect one from the social backlash of bringing a weapon into the workplace. These are difficult times and many people are ill at ease knowing there’s a real weapon in their workplace, While some people will be more comfortable with these weapons than others, many people will also be uncomfortable around a person they know is armed.

Some workplaces, however, have stricter weapons rules than the states they’re based in. There are a multitude of reasons for doing this that employees and customers are more than allowed to disagree with, but if employees want to hold to on to their jobs, they will want to follow these weapons rules to the letter, whatever they may be. Obviously, this issue gives human resources personnel a lot of difficulty in deciding on policy.

Some private employers are particularly opposed to weapons and will not allow serious weapons on their premises at all. This is their right as private property owners and employees who suffer consequences for breaking these rules have little real legal recourse should they be caught with these weapons. While one can make a request that the rules be changed and if they’re high enough in the hierarchy to make the rules, they can change the rules, in the end, only the property’s owner can determine whether or not weapons are allowed in your workplace.

Knowing your workplace’s rules about weapons are important if one wishes to be armed and still keep their job. Sometimes this can mean being unarmed in the workplace, which is a state that will simply have to be lived with if an employer exercises their right to ban firearms among their employees. If a workplace does allowed concealed weapons to be carried, one should know what is and isn’t allowed and follow those rules as exactly as possible.