On November 1, House Bill 2597 went into effect in Oklahoma
Here are the essential points
The law allows Oklahomans over the age of 21 and military service members who are at least 18 years old to carry a firearm without a permit. Under the bill, gun owners can’t carry a handgun in public or private schools, sports arenas, gambling facilities, government buildings, nor businesses unless allowed by the owner.
This bill maintains current laws that require people to pass a background check to purchase a gun and to disclose if they have a firearm in their possession when requested by law enforcement.
Gun owners can still obtain a license/permit in Oklahoma, and it will be recognized in multiple states across the U.S.
What this means for you and your employees
Oklahoma senators emphasized that private property owners still have the right to allow or deny concealed or open carry on their premises. Oklahoma employers have the right to prohibit weapons on company property. However, employees are permitted to store firearms and ammunition in their locked vehicles in a company parking lot. While you may prohibit someone from entering your company with a firearm, you can’t take action against an employee who keeps their gun(s) or ammunition in their locked vehicle.
If you choose to not allow firearms on your property, you are required to post visible signs prohibiting the carrying of weapons on the premises. Be sure to update your employee handbook to reflect this workplace policy.
As an employer, if your employees carry a weapon while working on company property, or in a company vehicle, you will not be held responsible for any liability that may arise from the carrying of the firearm.
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