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NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – What Businesses Must Consider When Taking A Stance On Guns At Work

In today’s political and social climate, bringing up the issue of guns in conversation is going to elicit a broad spectrum of reactions depending on where you are and who you are communicating with. No matter how you personally feel about the issue, two things are clear: People are passionate about their stance on guns, and the debate between the different factions is not going to stop anytime soon. For employers, Human Resources professionals, and business leaders, addressing the issue of guns—and more importantly how to develop workplace policy around them—can be highly complex and very stressful. Intimidating as it may be to address an issue as politically and emotionally charged as guns, employers must develop a legally sound and comprehensive gun policy that provides their employees with a safe work environment every day and is aligned with the business’ strategy and values. For example, many states around the country have implemented different versions of laws that effectively allow employees to store guns in their personal vehicle in an employer’s parking lot so long as the gun is out of sight and locked away. Utah went as far as enacting Utah Code 53-5a-102, which states, “unless specifically authorized by the legislature by statute, a local authority or state entity may not enact, establish, or enforce any ordinance, regulation, rule, or policy pertaining to firearms that in any way inhibits or restricts the possession or use of firearms on either public or private property.” This law gives government employees in Utah the right to carry a gun while at work.  [full article]

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