State Sen. Glenn Hegar has introduced legislation that would allow employees to bring guns to work as long as they stow them in their vehicles in company parking lots. If the bill passes, employers would not be able to prohibit their employees from keeping legally owned firearms and ammunition in their locked vehicles in company parking lots.
The proposed law also exempts employers from liability in civil actions brought as a result of events involving a firearm or ammunition that is legally stored and transported, except in cases of gross negligence.
If passed, employers would be permitted to prohibit employees from carrying firearms in company-owned vehicles.
In a statement, Hegar said he proposed the bill to give employees whose “employers have adopted overly restrictive policies” access to their guns during their commute.
Final note: Federal appeals courts have recently decided two cases involving employees who brought guns to the company parking lot. One decision upheld the right of a Colorado employee to bring a gun to work and keep it in his locked car during his workday.
The other decision upheld an Ohio employer’s right to fire an employee who was caught with a gun in his locked car.
The difference between the two cases seems to be that Colorado has specific legislation allowing the guns, while Ohio does not. Presumably, Texas employers would have to follow the law if enacted until a court decides otherwise.