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Can an employer prohibit employees from having guns in their cars while at work?

In some states, the answer to this question is yes. An employer can enforce a company policy or rule that requires employees to not have guns in their cars while the cars are parked at work, even if the employee has legally obtained a concealed-weapons permit.

However, some states restrict an employer's ability to enforce a no-weapons policy in the workplace. Employers with employees who work in these states are prohibited from restricting employees' right to legally carry concealed weapons in their cars.

Many employers respond to parking lot gun laws by developing zero-tolerance workplace violence policies that allow firearm possession and storage only as required by law. In any case, a best-practice approach is to train employees on workplace violence prevention and have procedures for reporting threats of violence.


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