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Old 03-28-2011, 09:19 PM   #11
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I am intimate with my boss (wife), so she doen't mind if I carry at work.
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My (parent) company has a strict "No Weapons" legal description in the Company Handbook. Our company has to abide by the "No Weapons" policy as we owned by the parent company.

My boss is also one of the biggest hunters and shooters in the whole company.

Carrying at work COULD lead me to losing my job if things ever went the wrong way.

However there are times when we are pre-scouting a job that runs through the woods, or off a logging trail, in the middle of nowhere.

The last time I was out with my boss looking at a line we saw bear tracks. He went to the truck and pulled his pistol out of his glovebox and looked at me like "Well??"

I pulled mine from my normal, ordinary looking backpack and we both finished our adventure without incident.

I think the question is not whether or if, it's who knows if you decide to do so.

If no one knows, and a tree falls on Justin Bieber.... no, wait, that's not what I meant
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It's simple really. Is the need for you to carry at work worth potentially losing your job - simple yes or no question. If you choose to carry, KEEP QUIET AND TELL NOBODY - EVER!

The reason I emphasize this is I had an acquaintance in your situation and he mentioned to a friend at work that he carried. Later, he and the friend had an argument and the "friend" dropped a dime on him and he did lose his job...
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Normally I would say no I wouldn't but there would be a few exceptions and JD's example is one of them. If you work out in the woods or other isolated areas with potential danger from people and animals, I would consider it at that point.

My uncle works for a gas company and goes out surveying in the backwoods of WV. He said he carries to fit in and to be able to scare away animals. I would carry as well if I were in his shoes.
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When i worked at the tax commission, the revenue agents (had to collect frequently in the boonies) were expressly told NOT to carry at work. Almost every one of them had something in the dash or pocket. It was my understanding that if the noodle-kneed bosses ever got in a pinch over one of the revenue agents putting their pistol to use, nobody had any illusions about keeping their job. Of course, looking for a new job is pretty tough when you are dead in a bean field somewhere.

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The reason I emphasize this is I had an acquaintance in your situation and he mentioned to a friend at work that he carried. Later, he and the friend had an argument and the "friend" dropped a dime on him and he did lose his job...
What a little bitch of a snitch! I hope he got some stitches.
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Oh yeah i definitely wouldnt tell anyone. Mostly just worried about being made by some random stroke of unluckiness.

Yeah in any of your situations i think I definitely would. However i do not feel in as uch danger just being in the building as i would having to be out and about. I also still can and would keep a weapon my car. The main concern lies with keeping it directly on my person while on the clock and on the premises.
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My employer has an explicit "No guns on the premises" policy. It extended to the company-owned parking lot until last year, when Oklahoma passed a law that an employer could not prohibit an employee from having a firearm in the employee's car even in the employer's parking lot. So my employer put a clause excepting their parking lots from that policy in the handbook, in the three states in which the company operates that have such laws on the books.
My supervisor knows I recently obtained my CCW, and she has even mentioned that her husband has been thinking about getting his. But, I leave my carry gun in the locked glovebox while I'm in the building, as I have a good job and would like to keep it. There is security around, the lot is well lit (except one night in January when a stray cat got into a power substation and shorted out Downtown), and nobody picks a Subaru to break into anyway, not when there's plenty of Luxury cars and SUVs in the lot beside mine.
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I brought this up today in a casual conversation with a couple of my coworkers and my boss. I explained my reasoning, trying hard to drive home the point that I would never try to be a hero at the first sign of trouble. We have safety protocols when entering and leaving, but I explained what I explained above about if someone gets us in there with a gun and tries to rape one of the girls (my boss and one of the present coworkers is female), that at that point I would be starting to look for a tactical advantage to stop them. I also asked my boss if she thought I would get fired if I ever got caught carrying, and she actually just said she would rather not ever know.

So, I did basically get thumbs up from all the parties after they understood that I am not out to play cowboy and would instead appreciate me having the ability to take action in such worst-case scenarios.

Still, that all said, I am still pretty leary about it. I think what I'll do for now is just wait a while and see if I am comfortable with just leaving my firearm in the car while at work. I will still have my tactical flashlight and 4" folder that could still be used in a pinch if I have the element of surprise (which I would likely wait for anyways if I was only armed with a pocket pistol anyways). If I ultimately decide I just feel too vulnerable, I will pick up something to carry. If not, I'll be glad I saved the money on something I didn't really need in the first place.

Thanks for the opinions, guys (and gal)!
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I show up to work with my personal sidearm, which gets locked in a traffic control lockbox, then I get issued another sidearm. I have the Armory about 15 feet from my desk, with multiple AR15s, shotguns, gas guns, chemical agents, etc....
Ya, I don't get fired for having a gun on this duty post.
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Well expressed already you don't want to be fired for packing at work, it will be difficult to explain in future interviews. My employer doesn't have a no gun policy but I leave my CC in the car when at work.
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