Battle Rages Over Employer Bans On Workplace Guns


Pizza Hut driver Ronald Honeycutt shot a potential robber to death but lost his job, USA Today reports. Carrying a gun violated Pizza Hut’s no-weapons rule. “It’s not fair,” says Honeycutt, 39, of Carmel, Ind., who has found another pizza-delivery job and still carries a gun. “There is a constitutional right to bear arms. If I’m going to die, I’d rather be killed defending myself.”

Workplace gun bans are being tested as states pass laws making it easier for residents to carry concealed guns. Employers are filing lawsuits to preserve their no-guns-allowed rules. Gun owners are also fighting back, boycotting companies that ban guns or fire workers for having them. In 35 states, practically any non-felon can obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon. Those states require law enforcement officials to issue a license to carry a concealed weapon unless the person is in a prohibited category (generally, a convicted felon). Employers can still ban guns inside the workplace, but some legislators are calling for new laws that would take that ability away. Gun-owner groups say employers who ban guns are preventing workers from defending themselves on the job. Roughly 76 percent of workplace homicides are robbery related, says an unpublished 2003 report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


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