Many employers havepolicies 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.