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Where Are Your Guns…Location is Critical

Regardless of the State we live in, knowing and understanding the “location” of your guns at any point in time can help keep you out of jail. Most gun owners I talk to don’t fully understand the impact of many of our local laws as it relates to “location” of their firearms.

Take for example the recent discussion of the issue in Tennessee around the “Guns in Trunks” law that is currently under discussion. If you aren’t familiar with it, in 2013 Tennessee enacted this law that allowed people to keep their guns locked in their trunks while at work if they had a permit. But the way the law read, if an employer didn’t allow guns on their property, they could take disciplinary actions against the employee…even though the guns were locked in their trunks and they had the appropriate permits.

Now, effective in July of 2015, this will no longer be the case. Now, employers can’t take disciplinary action against an employee that has their firearms locked safely in their trunks while on the property of their employer. And if they do, they have the opportunity to take legal action against their employer for discrimination.

The key issue, regardless of whether or not someone lives in Tennessee (which we don’t) is if you know the laws of our state for possession of firearms while at places, such as your place of employment, that might not allow guns on their premises? Most don’t. There are published lists of places (mostly retail) that don’t allow guns on their property. But what about your employer? What are their guidelines or policies about having a gun on their premise?

While you might know whether or not you can carry a concealed weapon into your place of employment, do you know if there are restrictions about keeping your firearms in your car on their premise? Most don’t. I would encourage you to fully understand what your employer allows or doesn’t allow as it might save you some angst and potential legal troubles. And the same would go for retail establishments. Do you know what their policies are for weapons in their parking lots?

To some this might sound trivial…but it’s their right and the law will support them if there is ever an issue. Having the privilege of carrying a firearm (on person or in a vehicle) carries responsibilities as well…such as knowing the law and the policies of the places you go. As the popular phrase goes, “Ignorance is no excuse for not following the laws.” Save yourself some grief and potential criminal charges by understanding the laws of the business you are visiting. It’s their right to act within the law…as it is for every gun owner.

And the simple rule is this…if you don’t know, don’t carry. And if you do know and carry, make sure you are compliant with the laws and policies of the establishment. They set them for a reason and it is the responsibility of gun owners to both understand and comply.

Carrying a Gun to a Different State…Know the Laws or Go to Jail

If you haven’t heard, carrying a gun to another state isn’t quite the same as brining some famous foods from your home state…it can end you up in jail. You have probably heard about the case of Shaneen Allen from Philadelphia that landed her in jail for carrying her handgun into New Jersey. She was… Continue Reading

Having a Concealed Carry Permit is a “Privilege” not a “Right”

There has been a lot of discussion of the recent case in Florida where a man was arrested for carrying a firearm in the open…even though he had a concealed carry permit. But this isn’t about either of these issues, this is an issue every gun owner, regardless of their state, needs to be aware… Continue Reading

Health Issues Can Create a Stalemate

When we talk about “Possession and Transfer” issues there are many special circumstances that come into play based on individual situations. While many can be worked through with some careful planning, there are still those that are perplexing and require some very special attention. Medical issues are one of those that can really create some… Continue Reading

Gun Trusts Are Most Effective When They Have a “Buddy”

If there is one thing any (reputable) attorney will tell you, the law is so complex these days that it is a “combination” of things that make things work the way you want…not one single instrument, document, or tool. Gun Trusts are no different… Gun Trusts became really popular when they were being mass distributed… Continue Reading

Will Uniformity Prevail in Concealed Carry Reciprocity?

You may have already heard or been following the ongoing discussion (for years) about trying to create a uniform policy for carrying a concealed weapon from state to state without breaking any laws. Is it possible that now is the time for this to actually gain some momentum and acceptance within the legislature? Is it… Continue Reading

Gun Laws in Other States Impact EVERYONE…

One topic that comes up regularly is, “what is going on in other states gun laws and should I even care or worry about what they are doing?” The simple answer is “absolutely YES.” As an attorney, we can only practice in the states we are licensed. This means I can’t practice in New York… Continue Reading

Is Washington State I-594 a “Window into OUR Future?”

If you have been following the huge battle and debate over Initiative 594 in Washington State you know this carries potentially big implications for gun owners…everywhere. This has been one of the hottest Initiatives on any ballot this election year…regardless of the state where you live, including our own. And there was big money behind… Continue Reading

Can the “Super Rich” buy Gun Votes?

This has been a question in many elections through the years; can big money buy votes for candidates and certain initiatives? Well, the same question is becoming a hot topic in the state of Washington over the battle for an initiative for background checks for all gun owners and other elements of a closely watched… Continue Reading

Is there an “I-594” in your Future?

There are lots of “gun law initiatives” in every state going on…some may be helpful, others may be dangerous for gun owners as well as others. Here is a great example out of the state of Washington where there is an initiative, I-594, that is being backed by some well-known people with some deep pockets.… Continue Reading