Georgia’s new gun law has implications for employers

July 01, 2014 2 COMMENTS

by Leanne Mehrman and Chelsey McDade

Georgia’s newest gun law, the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, goes into effect on July 1 and greatly expands the list of places where licensed gun owners may legally carry their weapons to include schools, government buildings, churches, and bars. Employers, however, can take advantage of certain limits in the law.

Although the law is known as the “guns everywhere” law, employers should be aware of the law’s limits and consider how it affects personnel policies and workplace safety.

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Alabama guns-at-work law takes effect August 1

July 12, 2013 2 COMMENTS

by Albert L. Vreeland

Beginning August 1, employees with a valid Alabama concealed weapon permit may keep a firearm in their vehicles at work. Also, during hunting season, employees with a valid Alabama hunting license may store an unloaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicles at work. The change is a result of a law signed by Governor Robert Bentley on May 22.

The hunting season provision doesn’t apply to employees who have been convicted of a violent crime or domestic violence, are subject to a restraining order, have been previously committed to a psychiatric hospital, or have committed prior acts of workplace violence or made violent threats.

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Tennessee House passes guns-in-cars bill

February 28, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Update: On March 14, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 0142, which allows person with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions. 

by Kara Shea and Sara Anne Quinn

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Tennessee Senate OK’s ‘guns in parking lots’ bill

February 12, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Legislation giving handgun carry permit holders the right to keep guns in their vehicles in public parking lots, including their employer’s parking lot, passed the Tennessee Senate Monday evening, 28-5.

The bill, which will go to the House Civil Justice Subcommittee Wednesday afternoon, would give civil immunity to employers for deaths, injuries, or damage involving guns brought onto parking lots by employees. Under the bill, employers could continue to ban firearms for those without carry permits.

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New Oklahoma law allows ammo in locked cars parked at work

October 12, 2012 3 COMMENTS

by Charlie Plumb

An Oklahoma law going into effect on November 1 allows employees to store ammunition in their locked vehicles parked at work.

A key aspect of Oklahoma’s Self-Defense Act allows people with valid gun licenses to carry handguns openly as well as concealed weapons in many public places. But another part of the open-carry law affects how people can store ammunition in their cars. The bill was signed by Governor Mary Fallin on November 15.

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