Talking To Your Employer About Concealed Carry
Every day carry means carrying everywhere you are legally allowed to, every single day of the year you're physically able. It's not so much a burdensome commitment as it is a great piece of mind for your daily activities. In a previous article, we discussed carrying concealed in business attire. In this article, we'll talk about broaching the topic of discussing workplace concealed carry with your employer.
Being Honest About Carrying Concealed In The Workplace
Not all employers and perhaps fellow colleagues are as open-minded as you when it comes to the inalienable right to defend yourself. The great thing about carrying concealed is that outside of being prohibited by law from going certain places, no one needs know about you but you.
That said, it's always a good idea to investigate your ccw workplace policies governing the right to bear arms. Many companies' employee handbooks may not even cover this topic. When in doubt, read through your employee handbook to see if there is an active policy in place preventing you from carrying a firearm.
Some states allow employers to dictate the terms and conditions of how they govern their workplace. Almost all states allow employees to store handguns in their vehicles. This really only gets complicated when you either work on a nuclear facility, for the federal government, or in education or medicine.
In the private sector, you're pretty much allowed to discuss rules and work from there. If that's you, consider talking with your boss about the benefits of having legally armed employees in the building. It's one added step for security and more importantly, it drives home the value you have for the workplace.
If you don't feel comfortable broaching this topic and notice that the employee rules and regulations is missing a section on employee-held firearms, consider proposing changes to those rules to incorporate law-abiding concealed carriers. You may be surprised to learn that plenty of your fellow colleagues also support such an initiative.
When In Doubt – Don't Print
Not all jobs are in an office setting. For those who travel to do repairs or perform services, carrying a concealed firearm is a piece of mind when traveling to different locations. Carrying a concealed firearm can mean the difference between defending your life and being robbed out in the middle of nowhere. So, if you're unsure what your company policy is – the best plan is to simply be “out of sight, out of mind”.
Do not reveal you are armed carrying in a great concealed carry holsters that are comfortable on the road or out in the field. If you're worried about the gun sagging and needing to be adjusted, consider purchasing a gun belt consisting of two layers of 14 oz. English Bridle Leather, a spring-steel reinforced core, and stitching that's built to last against whatever you throw at it.
It's a point of pride to carry and we all want to finish the work day and head home to spend quality time with those we love. Being available to protect yourself and perhaps even fellow colleagues from danger is a cost multiplier when it comes to business.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.