Firearms in the Workplace

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Introduction

Firearms in the workplace have been a legal issue in the business field for quite some time. Many liability issues have arisen concerning employee rights and workplace safety. There are laws passed at both the state and federal levels that allow United States citizens to carry concealed weapons as long as they retain a permit to do so. However, many businesses do not allow their employees to carry weapons on their persons, in their vehicles, or in their offices.

The purpose of this report is to examine the many laws and regulations that both allow employees to obtain weapons at work and the laws that refrain them from doing so. The majority of the research was gathered from secondary sources mainly articles and periodicals on the internet. I have also received a weapons policy from a local company that helps to understand how companies are carrying out their rules and regulations.

Obtaining a concealed weapon permit

There are many states in the United States that have enacted laws to allow their citizens to carry concealed weapons in public. Some states have a more lenient policy to obtain the necessary permits. Take Pennsylvania for example. If you are a resident of the state you have to go to your local sheriff’s office, the county that you reside in, with your Pennsylvania Drivers license or State I.D., names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two references, and your checkbook. Tell the clerk that you wish to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon and fill out the form. It will cost anywhere from twenty to thirty dollars, and in a few hours or weeks you will receive your permit, but only if you are a valid candidate. The permit is valid for five years (4). To be considered a candidate for the permit they perform a background check and communicate with your references. They look to see if you have clean record, no previous gun charges or felonies. They ask your references if you are safe with weapons and are generally a safe person.

As you can see in the picture below, Pennsylvania permits are accepted in many states (the states colored in pink). They are also not accepted in many states (the states colored in red). This is one way to show how the standards of obtaining a permit differ from state to state.

On the other hand, there are some states that have their citizens go through a more arduous process. In Delaware there is much more a person has to go through to obtain a permit. First, they must arrange with their local newspaper to have them publish an article that has their application in it. This must be published within ten days of them filing their application with the courthouse. They must receive a certification that this has occurred, and attach this to their application. They must then make an appointment to be fingerprinted at a certain Delaware State Police Troop, which is only done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Next, they must have five questionnaires filled out by five different residents that reside in their county, along with a questionnaire the applicant has filled out that has been notarized. Finally, they must include two one and a half by one and a half inch passport-type photos that have been taken within six months of the application date along with their sixty-five dollar fee needed to obtain the permit(4).

This goes to show you that it can be rather simple to obtain your license in some states, while it is very difficult in other states. These are just some of the laws that each individual states have come up with to receive a concealed weapons permit. Other states have created their own laws that are only required in their state.

Places citizens cannot carry concealed weapons

There are many places where citizens, that have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, cannot carry their concealed weapons. In Pennsylvania for instance, citizens may not carry weapons to a school or courthouse (4). This is very logical...
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