Given the recent rise in workplace violence, carrying a concealed weapon while at work can provide protection for yourself and others – adding security you are unlikely to have if weaponless. Concealed carry at work may also afford benefits over open-carry because a perpetrator is unlikely to know you have a weapon, giving you an edge. While concealed carry may have tremendous benefits, determining whether one can carry in the office is challenging because regulations differ by jurisdiction and workplace. Furthermore, and a means for safely and comfortably concealing your weapon can be difficult to find. Ahead are some strategies for learning your rights in the workplace as a weapon holder, and some thoughts on effective methods for workplace concealed carry.
Nearly every state in the U.S. allows a business to restrict firearms on its premises. However, leaving a firearm in your personal vehicle on workplace premises is acceptable in the majority of states in the U.S., so long as measures to protect the weapon from theft are taken (and all other state regulations are met). These measures vary by jurisdiction – so it is vital to check local ordinances prior to acting. While leaving a weapon in your vehicle is not the preferred option for self-defense, this adds some measure of protection and is generally acceptable because your vehicle is your property (and your property rights supersede the business owner’s property rights, in most states). That said, in some states, an employer’s property rights on the underlying land outstrip your vehicle property rights, and in these cases, the employer can restrict vehicle weapon storage. This is true in several states – check your local laws for clarity.
In states where offices can restrict weapons on the premises, businesses are sometimes required to clearly post if weapons are prohibited. This is the case in Minnesota, for example. In situations where postings are clear, you cannot carry in the workplace. Employers may also include weapons prohibitions in the employee handbook. If you break these rules, you could face legal repercussions and/or firing. Ultimately, the best way to determine if you can conceal carry a firearm at work is to first know your local laws, and second, to speak with your HR representative – he or she will be able to tell you if conceal carry is acceptable at work. If your workplace prohibits concealed carry, respectfully advocating for your right to bear arms could lead to change.
If your workplace allows concealed carry, there is still difficulty in effectively, comfortably, and safely carrying and concealing your firearm. A central tenant of concealed carry is discretion, both for your safety, and for those around you. In many cases, like a traditional office setting, wearing bulky or unprofessional clothing to cover your firearm is not an option. For those in this situation, Cacharme developed a tailored suit and proprietary suspension system that fully conceals your firearm without bulging or tugging – so you can look professional, fashionable, and functional while providing safety for yourself and others.
Disclaimer: firearm regulations are ever-evolving and highly complex. Cacharme Systems assumes no responsibility for error, misuse, or misunderstanding of/in the above material, which is for informational purposes only. Check with local officials and attorneys before making a decision about concealed carry.