Hello all, this is my first post and hope I am asking in the right forum.
I work for a company that’s main office is based in Canada, but work at the only stateside office which is here in Georgia, which has 10 employees. No Canadian employees work at the Georgia office. The Georgia employees work outdoors daily in various parts of the state, sometimes in very rural areas with larger amounts of wildlife (such as snakes, alligators, and boar), and sometimes in very urban areas with high amounts of traffic and more population. The Georgia employees also frequently work away from home for 5 days at a time, staying at hotels that are closer to our weekly worksites rather than driving 3+ hours to and from the office. We do not have company-owned vehicles, but rather the work trucks are rented from a fleet rental corporation. The company also does not own the building or property in which our office is held, it is leased from a private individual owner.
For the first 9-10 months of my employment here, carrying firearms with us to our work sites was never an issue. Those of us that carried our firearms to work with us were all legally permitted through the counties in which we lived, and have obtained the firearms through legal methods. Near the end of last year, our Canadian management swiftly changed position on allowing firearms at the workplace, and prohibited all possession of firearms at the office, in the rented work vehicles (they claimed it was illegal to have firearms in the rental vehicles, which is not true according to the rental company’s policies), or on our person while we are working outdoors in the field. It should be noted that no incident regarding firearms occurred during the aforementioned period of time. Following Georgia’s Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, those of us who had originally been carrying our firearms to work with us still leave our firearms in our personally owned vehicles in the parking lot of the building that contains our offices.
Due to recent socio-political events and the overall mental climate of the communities in which we work, there are several employees who have expressed the desire to regain our ability to legally carry our firearms with us to our worksites, but do not wish to lose our jobs by breaking company policy. Aside from the current climate of society, the outdoor climate of Georgia summers has also provided an increase in harmful wildlife in which our firearms could be used to protect ourselves, and afford us the ability to safely complete our duties as employees, which leads me to my overall purpose of explaining the current situation at my workplace: Is there any legal standpoint or precedence in which we (permitted concealed carriers) would be allowed to regain our ability to carry our firearms while we are working outside of our office, without losing our jobs? I personally always have my firearm with me or in my vehicle, but I also have a very strong history with correct usage and safe handling of firearms throughout my childhood and military career, which not all of my fellow employees have to the same degree. However, all my fellow CCW permitted employees do practice safe handling and usage; we have all been to local ranges together at some point on our off days.
Thank you for reading this explanation and question, and I eagerly look forward to your responses.
Please help me find a way to take back my expression of my 2nd amendment rights.