I have been hesitating writing in on this, because I know it will boggle the minds of many of your international readers, and I’m sure I’ll be filleted in the comments, but I genuinely would like to ask someone objective.
I have a concealed carry permit that permits me to carry a concealed firearm anywhere it’s legal.
Although some people at my office are aware of my interest in firearms (I have a local range’s bumpersticker on my car), no one at the office knows I carry.
In conversation with family recently, my mother, who has been fairly supportive of my efforts to get my permit and continued training, was horrified that I carry in my office.
My reasoning — that it does me no good to leave it locked in a safe in my car (and that it’s more secure on me than in my car), that no one will find out unless they are touching me somewhere they shouldn’t be touching me anyway, and that I’m not going to start shooting people — does not sway her at all.
Her rock hard stance that my firearm should be left in the car (which puts me back in the same position of being in the office and walking to my car alone) has led me to doubt myself.
I did not make the decision to carry a firearm lightly, especially at work, but I am curious – would you, as a manager, consider this a fireable offense (when there is no policy or anything like that against it)?
Do you think it’s unethical of me to carry in the office without telling my employer?
Well, I’d be pissed as hell if I found out that one of my employees was bringing a gun to work every day and hadn’t bothered to mention it to me.
I practice weekly and attend training classes regularly.
I view my pistol as akin to a seat belt – everyday I put it on and pray I never need it, but if I need it, I’m glad I have it.
According to state statutes, it is legal to carry in my building (default in my state is that it’s legal unless otherwise posted, with a few exceptions).
Assorted employee handbooks and guides at my company make absolutely no mention of guns (though this could be due more to oversight than deliberation, since my company is fairly small).