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Open Carry in Texas: Employer Rights and Responsibilities

Magazine article HRMagazine

Open Carry in Texas: Employer Rights and Responsibilities

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People with handgun licenses in Texas may now legally carry their guns in visible holsters on their hips or shoulders. Previously, they were required to keep their weapons concealed.

Texas employers, however, can still prohibit firearms-concealed or openly carried-in the workplace, as long as they provide notice that such weapons are not permitted on the premises, according to Steve Roppolo, an attorney in the Houston office of Fisher & Phillips. Although the notice may be provided verbally, he advised HR departments to add a written policy to the employee handbook clearly informing workers that no firearms are permitted.

Just having a policy, however-even a written one-is not enough. Employers should also post signs saying that firearms are prohibited, said Lloyd Chinn, an attorney in Proskauer's New York City office. …

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