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How much leeway do employers have to prohibit handguns at work?

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Q. We have an employee who has a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Can we prohibit him from bringing his handgun to work?

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North Carolina law authorizes people to carry concealed handguns if they have concealed-handgun permits. The law also allows people to openly carry handguns and other weapons.

However, the law also allows property owners or tenants to prohibit people from bringing handguns or other weapons
—whether concealed or openly carried—onto their property. Employers can accomplish this by posting a notice that basically states: “Carrying a concealed or visible handgun or other weapon is prohibited on this property.”

Employers may also want to consider having a policy prohibiting weapons. Language such as the following might be right for your organization:

“To help ensure a safe and healthy work environment for employees, customers and visitors, ABC Company Inc. prohibits the possession of a concealed or visible handgun or other weapon in the building, parking area and work areas. It is the policy of ABC Company Inc. that carrying a concealed or visible handgun or other weapon on its property is prohibited. Employees who violate this policy will be terminated.”

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