Weapons in the workplace

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Does your state have laws that interfere with an employer’s right to ban employees from bringing weapons on the premises? Use this chart to review your state(s) laws. Chart updated 02/07/15.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Alabama

Main provisions of law: Effective August 1, 2013, state law allows individuals who possess a valid Alabama state pistol permit to keep firearms stored in their vehicle while at work, as well as allowing those who possess a valid Alabama state hunting license to store an unloaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicle while at work.

In a vehicle attended by the employee, the firearm must be kept from ordinary observation within the vehicle. When the employee is not in the vehicle, the firearm must be kept from ordinary observation and locked within a compartment, container, or in the interior of the employee’s vehicle or in a compartment or container securely affixed to the motor vehicle.

The law allows transportation of a handgun in a vehicle without an Alabama state pistol permit as long as the handgun is unloaded, locked in a container and out of reach of the driver or passenger.

An employer may prohibit weapons inside its facility and when an employee is engaged in the work of the employer, whether on or off-site. An employer may not restrict an employee from having a firearm that is out of sight and in his or her locked vehicle under certain circumstances.

The employer can restrict an employee who does not have a concealed weapons permit from having a firearm in his or her car if the employee:

  • does not have a valid Alabama hunting license;
  • has been convicted of a crime of violence;
  • has been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence;
  • is subject to a domestic violence restraining order;
  • has previously been committed to a psychiatric hospital; or
  • has prior documented incidents of workplace threats or violence.

An employer may ask an employee whether he or she has a weapon in the employee’s car if the employer believes that employee to be a risk to him- or herself or others.

If the employee says that he or she does possess a weapon, the employer may take the steps necessary to determine whether the employee is in compliance with the law regarding storage in a motor vehicle described above.

The employer may, within its discretion, take disciplinary action against the employee if it finds that the employee is not in compliance with the law.

The law also creates a private cause of action against an employer who prevents an employee from maintaining a firearm in compliance with this law.

Citation: Ala. Code § 40-12-143.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Alaska

Main provisions of law: The state’s concealed handgun permit statute doesn’t specifically address whether permit holders can bring handguns to work.

By posting a conspicuous notice, employers may prohibit the possession of a firearm within a secured, restricted access area (closed work areas where visitors are screened), an employer’s vehicle, or in a parking lot owned or controlled by the employer that is within 300 feet of the restricted access area and is not open to access by the general public.

Citation: AS 18.65.700-.790, and 18.65.800.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Arizona

Main provisions of law Property owners, tenants, employers, and business entities are prohibited from adopting or enforcing policies that prevent a person from lawfully storing or transporting a firearm that is locked in a vehicle such that the weapon is not visible from outside the vehicle.

Employers may provide separate parking facilities for vehicles containing firearms, so long as the facility is near the workplace premises and does not require an additional parking fee.

The employer also may prohibit employees from storing their firearms in their vehicles or motorcycles in certain secured parking areas if the employer provides alternative temporary and secure storage for the firearms while the vehicles are parked in the secure area.

Concealed-carry weapons permits generally are not required in Arizona; however, employers still are permitted to prohibit employees from carrying weapons into the workplace premises.

Citation: A.R.S. §§ 12-781, 13-3112.

Covered employers: All employers, although exemptions exist for company-owned vehicles, facilities that are subject to laws prohibiting firearm possession, military installations, and nuclear power plants.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Arkansas

Main provisions of law: There is no state law at present that forces employers, businesses, or colleges and universities to allow guns on their property. A permit to own a handgun, rifle, or shotgun is not needed in the state.

However, it is against the law for a person to have a loaded handgun on his or her person or in a vehicle unless he or she has a state concealed-carry license. Unloaded handguns are not considered weapons.

Guns are not permitted in state buildings and their parking lots, school facilities, and buses, places of worship, airports, places selling liquor for onsite consumption, and anywhere guns are prohibited by federal law.

Citation: Ark. Code Ann. 5-73-101 et seq.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

California

Main provisions of law: No law, however, if an employer wants to conduct workplace searches for weapons, then the employer must notify employees in writing that it reserves the right to search the employee’s office, desk, personal belongings, etc., for weapons. Providing such advance written notice will lessen the employee’s reasonable expectation of privacy.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Colorado

Main provisions of law: Private employers may limit, restrict, or prohibit weapons in the workplace, including those brought to the workplace by individuals who have been issued a concealed weapons permit by the state.

A permit to carry a concealed weapon does not authorize a person to bring a handgun into a place where carrying firearms is prohibited by federal law, into a public building with security personnel or electronic weapon screening permanently in place, or onto the property of an elementary, middle, junior high, or high school (unless stored in the individual’s locked vehicle or permitted individual is a security officer employed or retained by a school district or Chart school).

Citation: C.R.S. § 18-12-214.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Connecticut

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

DE

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Florida

Main provisions of law: The Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008 prohibits public or private employers from prohibiting an employee from possessing any legally owned firearm that is locked inside a private motor vehicle in the employer parking lot.

Citation: FSA § 790.251.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Georgia

Main provisions of law: Effective July 1, 2014, the “Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014” expands the list of places where licensed gun owners may legally carry their weapons to include schools, government buildings, churches, and bars.

However, Georgia employers may continue to prohibit possession of firearms on their property so long as the employer owns the property or has legal control of the property.

Also, a statute states that every employer must furnish employment that is safe for employees and must adopt and use methods and processes reasonably adequate to render the workplace safe and must do everything reasonably necessary to protect the life, health, safety, and welfare of its employees. O.C.G.A. § 34-2-10.

However, no private or public employer shall condition employment upon any agreement by a prospective employee that prohibits an employee from entering the parking lot and access thereto when the employee’s privately owned motor vehicle contains a firearm that is locked out of sight within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or area within such privately owned motor vehicle, provided that any applicable employees possess a Georgia firearms license. O.C.G.A. § 16-11-135. This law includes several exceptions.

Citation: O.C.G.A. §§ 34-2-10; 16-11-135; 16-11-127.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Hawaii

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Idaho

Main provisions of law: No law interfering with an employer’s right to ban employees from bringing weapons on the premises.

However, employers are immune from civil liability where a claim arises from the policy of an employer to specifically allow or not prohibit the lawful storage of firearms by employees in their personal motor vehicles on the employer’s business premises.

Citation: Idaho Code § 5-341.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Illinois

Main provisions of law: Properly licensed individuals may carry a concealed firearm, except in certain prohibited areas dictated by law.

Employers that own or operate property in a prohibited area must clearly and conspicuously post a 4 inch by 6 inch sign at the entrance of area stating the carrying of firearms is prohibited. Any employer may elect to prohibit the carrying of firearms on its premises (even if not a prohibited area).

A sign prohibiting carrying firearms must be posted. Concealed carry licensees are permitted to carry a concealed firearm within a vehicle and to store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view.

Although a licensee may be prohibited from bringing a firearm into the workplace, he or she may keep the firearm locked in his or her car in the employer’s parking lot.

Citation: 430 ILCS 66/1 et seq.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Indiana

Main provisions of law: Employers may not adopt a rule or policy that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting employees, including contract employees, from possessing a firearm or ammunition that is locked in the trunk of the employee’s vehicle, kept in the glove compartment of the employee’s locked vehicle, or stored out of plain sight in the employee’s locked vehicle.

An employer may not condition employment, or any rights, benefits, privileges, or opportunities offered by the employment, upon an agreement that the applicant for employment or the employee forego the otherwise lawful ownership, possession, storage, transportation, or use of a firearm or ammunition.

Citation: I.C. §§ 34-28-7-2 and 34-28-8-1 et seq.

Covered employers: Generally exempts the following: (1) child care organizations, (2) penal facilities, (3) personal residences, (4) certain public utilities generating electricity, and (5) entities required to ban firearms per federal law. Other specific exemptions can be found at I.C. 34-28-7-2(b). Remedies include injunctive relief, actual damages, court costs, and attorneys’ fees. Provides immunity from lawsuits against employers who comply with the statute’s provisions.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Iowa

Main provisions of law: Iowa law makes it unlawful to carry a concealed weapon or any loaded firearm of any kind without a permit, but one of the exceptions allows persons to go armed in their own places of business without incurring legal liability.

However, employers may choose to prohibit their employees from possessing weapons on company premises. See Wardlow v Iowa Employment Appeal Board, 2011 WL 2110347 (District Court of Iowa 2011) (noting that employers “[c]learly]…[have] the authority to explicitly limit the possession of handguns or any weapon of any kind by its employees on its premises during company work time, wherever that employee may be.”).

Citation: Iowa Code § 724.4.

Covered employers All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Kansas

Main provisions of law: The Personal and Family Protection Act allows properly licensed individuals to carry a concealed handgun, as defined by statute.

Private employers are expressly permitted to restrict or prohibit employees from carrying a concealed weapon while on the employer’s business premises or while engaged in the employee’s employment duties; however, licensed employees are permitted to store their firearms in their vehicles while at work, even if their vehicles are parked on the employer’s property.

Special rule for state and municipal buildings. Municipalities may not require employees to disclose whether they possess a valid license to carry a concealed handgun, and may not discriminate against an employee because of a refusal to disclose that fact. Municipalities also may not create or maintain records regarding employee concealed carry permits.

Any person authorized to carry a concealed handgun, including employees, must be permitted to carry a handgun into a state or municipal building unless the building has adequate security measures (defined by statute) and a conspicuously placed notice (also defined by statute).

It is not illegal to carry a concealed handgun into a state or municipal building if the individual is licensed to carry the concealed handgun and has authority to enter the building through a restricted access entrance even though the building is conspicuously posted and provides adequate security measures.

These requirements do not apply to courtrooms, local school district buildings, federal government buildings, Kansas state schools for the deaf or the blind, or state and municipal buildings that have been leased to private entities.

Employees of qualifying postsecondary educational institutions, state or municipal owned medical or adult care home facilities, community mental health centers, indigent health care clinics, and unified school districts may carry a concealed weapon in a building of such institution if properly licensed and otherwise given authorization by the appropriate governing body, even if handguns are generally prohibited in such buildings.

Certain exemptions to these new requirements are available for public entities covered by the Act. Time-limited exemptions are also available for certain qualifying medical care facilities, adult care homes, community mental health centers, indigent health care clinics, and postsecondary educational insititutions. Buildings which have been exempted from the law must post approved signage. The requirements for different exemptions and exceptions can be nuanced and the Act should be consulted before taking any action to which this Act may apply.

Citation: Kan. Stat. Ann. § 75-7c01 et seq.; 2014 KS H.B. No. 2578.

Covered employers: Private and public employers are subject to different requirements under the Personal and Family Protection Act.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Kentucky

Main provisions of law: A person, including but not limited to an employer, who owns, leases, or otherwise occupies real property: (1) may prevent a person who is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition on the property; but (2) may not prohibit any person who is legally entitled to possess a firearm from possessing in a vehicle on the property a firearm, part of a firearm, ammunition, or ammunition component.

This law does not apply to any real property owned, leased, or occupied by the U.S. government when the possession or carrying of firearms is prohibited or controlled, such as detention facilities or any property where state law specifically prohibits possession or carrying of firearms.

It is unlawful to carry a concealed firearm into any elementary or secondary school without the consent of school authorities, day-care facility, or family child-care home. However, an owner of a certified child-care home may carry a concealed firearm into the owner’s residence used as a certified child-care home.

A private business may prohibit employees from carrying concealed deadly weapons on the property of the employer.

However, an employer may not prohibit employees holding a concealed deadly weapons license from carrying concealed deadly weapons in vehicles owned by the employee, even when the vehicle is used for company business or located on company premises.

Citation: KRS §§ 237.106; 527.070; 199.011; 199.894; 237.110(17), amended by 2013 Ky. Laws Ch. 32 (HB 167); OAG 98-12.

Covered employers: Private employers and the Justice and Safety Cabinet.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Louisiana

Main provisions of law: State law grants properly licensed individuals the right to keep firearms in their locked vehicles in any designated parking area, including employee parking lots and garages provided by employers.

An employer, however, can require an employee to hide the firearm from plain view or within a locked case or container within the vehicle.

This law does not apply where the possession of a firearm is prohibited under state or federal law, and it does not apply to company-owned vehicles. State law also gives property owners or lessees the right to prohibit or restrict access of persons possessing concealed handguns.

Citation: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 32:292.1 and 40:1379.3.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Maine

Main provisions of law: Employers may not prohibit employees who possess valid permits from keeping a firearm in their vehicles on company property. The firearm must not be visible and the vehicle must be locked. Does not apply to premises where otherwise banned.

Citation: 26 M.R.S.A. § 600.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Maryland

Main provisions of law: Maryland’s law, which bans possession of short-barreled rifles or shotguns, provides an exception for those on “official business” who are law enforcement, members of the armed forces, wardens or correctional officers, and sheriffs.

Citation: Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-203.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Massachusetts

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Michigan

Main provisions of law: Michigan’s Carrying Concealed Weapons Act prohibits employers from stopping employees from (1) applying for or receiving a license to carry a concealed pistol or (2) carrying a concealed pistol in compliance with a license. The Act doesn’t prohibit employers from stopping employees from carrying concealed pistols during employment.

Citation: MCL 28.425n.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Minnesota

Main provisions of law: Employers can prohibit employees from carrying firearms while employees are acting in the course and scope of their employment. Employers may ban guns from the premises, but they cannot prohibit firearms in parking areas.

Citation: M.S.A. § 624.714, subds. 17-18.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Mississippi

Main provisions of law: Carrying concealed weapons is allowed with a license, but employers may ban weapons by posting a written notice, readable from a distance not less than 10 feet, that the “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited.”

A private employer may prohibit weapons in vehicles if it maintains a fence, gate, security station or otherwise restricts or limits general public access onto the property.

Otherwise, a public or private employer may not restrict a person from transporting or storing a firearm in a locked vehicle in any parking lot, parking garage, or other designated parking area.

Citation: Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101 (licensing requirements and employer’s rights) and Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-55 (employer’s parking lot).

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Missouri

Main provisions of law: In 2003, Missouri passed a concealed weapons law making the carrying of concealed weapons lawful by a limited number of people under limited circumstances.

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the law as constitutional, although potentially presenting technical deficiencies that can be corrected. Employers are allowed to have “no weapons” policies but should comply with the specific technical posting requirements to keep concealed weapons off premises.

Citation: RSMo. § 571.101.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Montana

Main provisions of law: Montana has no laws that force employers or businesses to allow guns in the workplace or on privately held property. State law prohibits the carrying of concealed weapons inside city or town limits, absent a concealed weapons permit.

Even with a concealed weapons permit, individuals are not allowed to carry concealed weapons into buildings owned or leased by the federal, state, or local government; financial institutions; or any place alcoholic beverages are sold, dispensed, or consumed. Local laws may prohibit carrying concealed weapons at public meetings.

No weapons, concealed or not, are allowed in school buildings. “Concealed” weapons are defined as those that are wholly or partially covered by the clothing of the person carrying or bearing the weapons. Concealed weapons include handguns, pistols, and revolvers; knives with blades over 4 inches in length, daggers, and razors; and billy clubs, metal knuckles, and slingshots.

Citation: Mont. Code Ann. §§ 45-8-316 et seq.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Nebraska

Main provisions of law: Nebraska’s new concealed carry statute provides that any employer in control of a workplace premises may prohibit a valid permit holder from bringing a concealed handgun into the workplace, provided the employer has posted conspicuous notices advising permit holders that handguns are strictly prohibited on the premises.

Citation: Nebraska Revised Statutes §§ 69-2427 – 69-2447.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Nevada

Main provisions of law: Although not directly addressing an employer’s right to ban firearms or weapons from the workplace, Nevada’s concealed firearms statute limits that right with regard to public buildings. The statute allows the holder of a concealed firearms permit to carry a weapon while on the premises of any public building.

A public building is defined as any building or office space occupied by the federal government, the state of Nevada, and any subdivision. A permit holder isn’t allowed to take a firearm into public airports, buildings that are part of public schools, including the state’s university and college system, and buildings that have metal detectors at each entrance or signs posted at each public entrance indicating that no firearms are allowed.

Permit holders who are judges, prosecuting attorneys of the United States or Nevada, employees employed in the public building into which the firearm is to be carried, or permit holders who have permission from the person in control of the building may carry concealed firearms on the premises where they would otherwise be prohibited.

Citation: NRS 202.3653 through 202.369.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

New Hampshire

Main provisions of law: No law. Current New Hampshire gun laws allow employers to ban guns from company property.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

New Jersey

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

New Mexico

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

New York

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

North Carolina

Main provisions of law: Permits don’t authorize carrying concealed handguns where the person in legal possession or control of the premises posts a conspicuous notice or statement prohibiting them.

Citation: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-415.11.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

North Dakota

Main provisions of law: A public or private employer may not prohibit any employee from possessing any legally owned firearm if the firearm is lawfully possessed and locked inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot and the employee is lawfully in the area.

This law does not apply to schools or universities, businesses that manufacture, use, store or transport combustible materials; vehicles owned by a public or private employer, or if said possession would violate federal or other state law or the terms of a contract with a federal entity.

Citation: N.D.C.C. § 62.1-02-13.

Covered employers: All employers except: 1. private and public elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities; 2. correctional facilities; 3. employer involved in national defense, homeland security or aerospace activities; 4. employer manufacturing or using combustible materials; 5. employers with federal contracts prohibiting weapons on the premises.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Ohio

Main provisions of law: Ohio’s concealed carry statute allows private employers to prohibit licensees from carrying firearms onto the employer’s property. Private employers, however, are not required to prohibit weapons in the workplace.

The Ohio statute goes one step further, expressly stating that private employers are immune from liability in a civil action for injury or death caused by a licensee bringing a handgun onto the premises unless the employer acted with malicious negligence.

Note that the Ohio law includes a list of places that no licensee may ever carry a concealed weapon, including, but not limited to, buildings owned and/or operated by the state or any political subdivision.

Citation: Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126 (B) and (C).

Covered employers: The term “private employer” is not defined or restricted by law. It does include private colleges or universities.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Oklahoma

Main provisions of law: Employers may not prohibit a person from bringing firearms into parking lots as long as the person isn’t a convicted felon and the vehicle is locked. However, employers may prohibit weapons from the remainder of the premises.

Citation: 21 Okla. Stat. §§ 1289.7a and 1290.22.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Oregon

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Pennsylvania

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Rhode Island

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

South Carolina

Main provisions of law: State law allows both public and private employers to prohibit a person who is licensed from carrying a concealable weapon onto the premises of the business or workplace or while using any machinery, vehicle, or equipment owned or operated by the business.

Employers may post a sign stating “No Concealable Weapons Allowed.” Such posting constitutes sufficient notice to prohibit a licensed person from carrying a concealed weapon onto workplace premises.

Signs prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon must be posted at each entrance into a building and must:

  1. Be clearly visible from outside the building;
  2. Be at least 8 inches (in.) wide by 12 in. tall;
  3. Contain the words “NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED” in black 1-in.-tall uppercase type at the bottom of the sign and centered between the lateral edges of the sign;
  4. Contain a black silhouette of a handgun inside a circle 7 in. in diameter with a diagonal line that runs from the lower left to the upper right at a 45 degree angle from the horizontal;
  5. Be a diameter of a circle; and
  6. Be placed not less than 40 in. and not more than 60 in. from the bottom of the building’s entrance door.

If the premises where concealable weapons are prohibited does not have doors, the signs must comply with other specifications spelled out by law.

Citation: S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-220.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

South Dakota

Main provisions of law: Business owners are allowed to have a pistol or revolver on premises without a license. Only law enforcement officers may bring weapons into school buildings. No other laws interfere with an employer’s right to ban employees from bringing weapons to work.

Citation: Business owners: SDCL 22-14-11.

School buildings: SDCL 13-32-7.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Tennessee

Main provisions of law: Effective July 1, 2013, valid handgun carry permit holders may transport and store firearms and ammunition in their privately owned vehicles while in public or private parking areas if the vehicle is lawfully parked, locked, and the gun or ammunition is stored out of sight.

If the permit holder is not in the vehicle, the firearm or ammunition must be locked in the trunk, glove compartment, or other locked internal or securely-affixed external container. A parking area does not include the grounds or property of a single-family detached residence.

Employers may still ban weapons from the workplace (other than parking areas) if a notice specifying the ban is conspicuously posted.

The law does not affect employers’ ability to enforce “no-weapons” policies against employees who don’t have carry permits or who attempt to carry firearms in employer-owned vehicles or onto parts of the employer’s premises outside the employee’s locked vehicle.

Employers are exempt from liability for damages, injuries, and deaths resulting from an employee’s actions involving a firearm transported in accordance with the law.Employers will not be responsible for stolen guns or ammunition.

Citation: Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1315.

Covered employers: All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Texas

Main provisions of law: A public or private employer may not prohibit an employee who holds a license to carry a concealed handgun, who otherwise lawfully possesses a firearm, or who lawfully possesses ammunition, from transporting or storing that firearm or ammunition in a locked, privately owned motor vehicle in a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area the employer provides for employees.

The employer can, however, otherwise still prevent the employee from carrying the weapon or ammunition onto the employer’s premises.

Citation: Tex. Labor Code § 52.061-062; Tex. Gov’t Code § 411.171,  § 411.203; Tex. Penal Code § 46.035.

Covered employers All employers.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Utah

Main provisions of law: Private sector: Private employers may adopt policies prohibiting employees and visitors from possessing weapons on employer property.

Public sector: Under a law enacted in 2004, local authorities and state entities may not prohibit individuals from possessing firearms at their place of business or in their vehicles.

Thus, state and local governmental employers may not prohibit employees from possessing firearms at work.

However, certain secure facilities, such as correctional and mental health facilities and courthouses, may prohibit the possession of weapons on their premises.

Citation: Private sector: Hansen v. America Online, Inc., 96 P.3d 950 (Utah 2004).

Local authorities and state entities: Utah Code § 53-5a-102.

Secure facilities: Utah Code §§ 76-8-311.1, 76-8-311.3, and § 78A-2-203.

Covered employers: Private employers may prohibit weapons. State and local governmental employers may not prohibit firearms.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Vermont

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Virginia

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Washington

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

West Virginia

Main provisions of law: No law.

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Wisconsin

Main provisions of law: An employer may prohibit an employee from carrying a concealed weapon or a particular type of concealed weapon in the course of the employee‘s employment or during any part of the course of the employee‘s employment.

“Weapons” include handguns, electronic tasers, billyclubs and knives. If a permit is required, such as for a gun, the permit holder must have gone through training. The law permits certain owners and occupants of property to prohibit persons from carrying a concealed firearm in or on the property.

An employer may not prohibit a person with a concealed weapon license, as a condition of employment, from carrying a concealed weapon, a particular type of concealed weapon, or ammunition or from storing a weapon, a particular type of weapon, or ammunition in the licensee’s own motor vehicle, regardless of whether the motor vehicle is used in course of employment or whether the motor vehicle is driven or parked on property used by the employer.

Generally, an employer will not be liable if it allows the carrying of concealed weapons and someone is injured or killed as a result of a license holder using the weapon. However, there may be circumstances where such liability may exist.

Citation: Wis. Stat. § 175.60(15m)(a) and (b).

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What are the workplace weapons laws in…

Wyoming

Main provisions of law: No law.

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This chart is excerpted from BLR’s 50 Employment Laws in 50 States.