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Can we ban weapons anywhere on our premises?

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Q. I know I can prohibit anyone, including employees, from bringing weapons into the workplace. Can I expand the same prohibition to the rest of my property, such as the parking lot?

While the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, Ohio law protects the rights of employers to prohibit weapons from entering the workplace.

Ohio Revised Code section 2923.126(C)(1) provides that a private employer (other than a private college, university or other institution of higher education) can legally maintain a rule, policy or practice prohibiting the presence of firearms on the private employer’s premises or property. This rule covers the business, parking lots, any other areas under the employer’s control, and even goes so far as to cover motor vehicles owned by the employer.

If your business does not have a policy banning weapons anywhere on its premises, have your attorney draft one.

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