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Ohio Employers No Longer Able to Keep Guns Off-Site

February 8, 2017

Effective March 21, 2017, Ohio Senate Bill 199 permits individuals with valid concealed handgun licenses to keep their firearms in their vehicle on company property.

Employers can still prohibit firearms within the workplace through their weapons policies and by posting the proper signage.  However, Ohio employers can no longer prohibit an employee or visitor to the property from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition in an individual's privately-owned motor vehicle on company property if: (a) each firearm and all ammunition remain in the individual's vehicle while the individual is present inside the vehicle, or the firearm and ammunition is locked in the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment within or on the individual's vehicle; and (b) the vehicle is in a location where it is otherwise permitted to be. 

Employers are encouraged to review and update  their weapons policies as needed in light of this departure from current law.

If you have further questions, please contact Jeffrey M. Embleton, Amy L. KullikJames A. Budzik or Ann E. Knuth in our Labor and Employment Group.

 

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