Q. Many of our employees bring their hunting rifles and shotguns to work, especially on Fridays during hunting season. We know about this because they sometimes go out to the parking lot to show them to co-workers who are hunters. We generally prohibit guns or other weapons in the workplace. Can we stop employees from bringing their guns to work?
A. Even if the employees are properly licensed to have and carry the guns, the company can prohibit the presence or use of guns and other weapons in the workplace and while working, including while driving a company-owned vehicle.
However, under Minnesota law, the company cannot prohibit employees who have valid permits from storing their firearms inside their locked, privately owned vehicles in company parking areas. You can, however, prohibit employees from removing guns from their vehicles or displaying them to others.