I realize its a big liability for employers and company owners. But I want to carry while im at work. I am out in the public most of the day as an inspector for a water utility. Im often in convenience stores and gas stations as well as both residential and commercial communities. Just wondering what other peoples thoughts are on carrying while at work.
Like many things we discuss, I think it’s all dependent on your risk level and risk tolerance.
If your company has a policy against carrying, that’s there to protect them, not you. If you feel you may need to defend your life, then perhaps it’s worth violating company policy. Best case scenario, no one will ever know. If you’re attacked and have to defend your life, you might get fired, but at least you’ll survive to look for another job.
Personally, I don’t think any corporate policy is worth losing your life over. But that’s an easy thing for me to say, I work in a secure office and the risk that I’ll need to defend my own life is pretty low.
I agree completely.
Post-incident, I would be happy to march into my boss’s office and offer to quit on the spot. After safely reholstering my firearm, of course.
Then again, I left that job 15 months ago for other reasons and now work from home. My current local manager is pleased I carry at work.
The security company I work for has armed and unarmed contracts. The contract I work for unfortunately is unarmed, no weapons allowed on site and signs are posted. We are certified to use Tasers and OC spray. We can’t even use batons.
Sounds like they are more concerned about the safety of the criminals than the people you are protecting. Certainly more than they care about your safety.
I had this one work area in the middle of the desert where the local tweakers kept breaking into the heavy machinery stealing fuel and batteries, etc. The contractor decided to hire a security outfit from a nearby city. We would have to escort those poor unarmed city slickers out to the site where they would sit in their cars all night hoping no one would show up and too afraid to get out of their vehicles because they might run into a rattlesnake. Most of the area had no cell service and and even if they could call out, help was at least an hour away.
Since you do have an outside job and you’re not under the watchful eyes of management, I would CC for sure. No job is worth your life.
Let’s weigh this out, corporate policy or life and family, policy or life? I’ll vote my life and family over any policy every time!
Welcome to the family @TVL and you are in the right place at the right time.
My boss is down with concealed carry. The only time I don’t have mine on is if I am installing something in a prohibited zone (school, police station or courthouse…)
My brother in law works for the state DOT. Their employees are allowed to possess in personal vehicles on site but that’s it.
I work for a private company and carry. When I go to a vacant structure the 1st thing I do is clear it, then re-holster in a drop- leg (thigh) holster so I can access it while wearing my tool belt. If the building is occupied my EDCC stays in my pocket.
Amen to that
My work is don’t ask, don’t tell. I leave it at that!
I carry every day at work. No policy for or against it. I’m a mechanic and wear coveralls over my clothing every day so basically impossible to tell I am carrying.
Thanks for all the responses. I double checked and my company policy is no weapons in company vehicles. But ive been known to break the rules in my day so I think I might start wearing cargo pants or get an ankle holster. I do a lot of bending, twisting etc. so the typical waist holster isnt comfy.
You can do a lot of damage with batons.
I think you should be able to carry. I did for years. It was a don’t ask don’t tell for me . 98% of the time we were not at our branch location. Worked in the public and at times in places that were pretty tough. The thing is my company as far as the employees was 2A friendly but written policy may not have been. So when at office stayed locked and secured in vehicle. I’m now retired so it no longer applies. I do my very best to not frequent businesses that are 2A unfriendly.
I’m in agreement about carrying while one the job and also subscribe to the don’t-ask-don’t-tell philosophy.
Some thoughts on previous comments, however:
• “No job is worth your life,” et al… This presumes the employee is the unscathed victor in an on-the-job shootout.
• Wounded while working? Odds are the employer’s insurance company will not cover your medical expenses nor would workman’s comp keep the paychecks coming.
• And you might die anyway. Where would this leave your family financially? Again, this would be at the discretion of the employer’s insurer, probably not the employer.
I think it alright to carry at work on some jobs But some jobs are to easy to have the gun go off by accident .
I allow carry at work as long as it is concealed. I have known several plant managers that have been attacked by ex-employees months after they have been let go. I have select few and we have company training once a month so those who do carry are trained and trusted to carry. It helps we have a company that has a place to shoot as well. Out in the country has its perks.