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Job Suspension Because of Lawful Concealed Carry

January 3, 2010 AZ CCW Laws, Restaurant Carry No Comments

Question: I was suspended from my job for carrying a concealed weapon even though I possess a CCW permit.  I work in a restaurant/bar and it is not posted anywhere on the premises that firearms are not permitted.  Am I in the wrong?

Answer: Unfortunately, you probably did carry both in violation of the company’s policy and as a result were also in violation of the law.  Arizona provides any private property owner (including businesses) the right to prohibit the carrying of any firearm on their private property.  While most places post a sign, the law does not require it.  In addition, if there is no posted sign, a proper representative of the company or property owner can simply tell you that they don’t permit firearms and you are required to remove your firearm and not return with it.

Many companies also have a ‘no firearms’ policy at the workplace which is completely lawful.  Those companies that do have a ‘no firearms’ policy are generally not very hospitable towards employees that violate their policies, hence your suspension.  As an additional note, if you carry in an establishment that does not permit concealed carry, you are actually committing a class 3 misdemeanor which can be punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $500.

While I don’t agree with companies that use these policies to deprive their employees of their constitutional rights and create ‘gun-free crime zones’ for criminals, they are within their legal rights to do so and also within their rights to suspend you for violating their corporate policy.

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