Time to revamp policies banning guns in parking lots

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Many employers have workplace violence policies that prohibit em­­ployees from possessing firearms in or around the workplace. They’ll have to rethink those policies, now that Texas has a new law—Senate Bill 321—that limits most em­­ployers’ right to bar employees from having firearms in vehicles parked at em­­ployers’ parking areas.

The law applies, with certain re­­strictions, to employers that provide an employee parking area.

Employers subject to the law may not prohibit employees from storing a firearm or ammunition in a locked, privately owned vehicle in a parking area designated for use by employees. Most provisions of the law apply not just to holders of a Concealed Hand­­gun License (CHL), but to any em­­ployee who “lawfully possesses a firearm.”  

The law, which took effect in Sep­tem­­ber, does provide limited immunity for employers, except in cases of gross negligence.

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