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Carrying at work where it isn't allowed

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by jpruitt, Oct 25, 2013.

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  1. jpruitt

    jpruitt Well-Known Member

    Most employers don't seem to want their employees carrying guns on the job. If an employee felt it was in their best interest to carry in spite of company policy (and they were otherwise legally allowed to carry), say their place of business was in a dangerous neighborhood, what kind of firearm should said employee carry, and in what manner should they carry it. Assume casual or business casual dress code.

    My first thought would be a small, thin .380, maybe a Keltec or Ruger LCP, in a belly band holster worn below the waist under the pants.
  2. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    I'm retired now and can admit to having done so my entire career -- better to be fired and/or tried by twelve instead of carried by six. YMMV.

    Don't ask, don't tell. Don't discuss doing so on a public forum.
  3. Godsgunman

    Godsgunman Well-Known Member

    Well first off are you willing to loss your job IF anyone finds out? You can't really argue or complain when you are knowingly going against company policy.
  4. sugerwater

    sugerwater Well-Known Member

    My last job, night shift leadman, was in a industrial area away from everything. I kept a G19 in my lunch box all the time. I'm the only one who knew I had It with me. Shop is posted but owner thought it was a state law to post. We was gun friendly but didn't know I carried in his shop. I have a ccw. Kind of like a store or business that posts, I usually will not turn around and go back to my car to disarm. Looks too obvious to someone watching or waiting to steal from your vehicle. I'm retired now so I'm carrying all the time. Best advice is to carry a small lunch type cooler, back pack, or other carry type satchel. Keep it to yourself, an extension of your ccw modified for work.
  5. The_Armed_Therapist

    The_Armed_Therapist Well-Known Member

    Lots of factors to consider. Belly band isn't a terrible idea. Though, I still prefer IWB. They make tuckable hosters to accommodate tucked in shirts, and they work pretty well. You can also wear a jacket--suit or otherwise with a normal IWB, assuming you'll not be reaching on a ladder or crawling on the ground fixing things. I would also choose pocket carry before belly band, but that's me.

    I agree with don't ask, don't tell. If it's not illegal, then it's probably worth it. There's no reason anyone would ever have to find out with the plethora of great carry methods out there.
  6. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Well-Known Member


    If you are dedicated to the belief "better to be tried by twelve" .

    As I was,then either a ankle holster with a firearm that would make a difference in an active shooter sit rep.

    Or a gun in your hard case that is SECURED at all times,briefcase etc.

    I would be inclined to go ankle [ as I did ] with a Glock 27/26 or a firearm that I would REALLY want in a SHTF scenario.

    Taking out a cute .25 auto or a North Amer.22 is NOT anything that I would consider.

    I try to visualize the WORST case scenario,then my response and what I want to have as far as a concealable tool.

    It does take a bit of thought AND clothing that addresses the matter [ pants that are just a 'bit' longer ] to cover at all times.

    But remember that due to an accident or illness,you can be caught in other than a scenario you envisioned being caught.

    For example,a co-worker needs CPR and you bend to do it = gun seen.

    Or your go with belly band and it falls out during that procedure.

    Perfect practice makes perfect outcome !.
  7. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    I would carry whatever i carry off work premises.
  8. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Good point. We work to live Americans live to work being defined by what they do.
  9. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    "A gun is a gun is a gun..." Or "any gun will do if YOU will do..."


    A Keltec .380 isn't capable enough, a North American Arms mini-revolver isn't either.

    You need a gun you can hit with, that hits the target hard enough to matter. For me, that's a 9mm/.38, but for a workplace environment, I could understand a capable .380 like the Sig 238

    I'd look at the belly band, 5.11 holster shirt , micro-shoulder rig or pocket carry. Ankle, IWB, even a tuckable, is risky in a shirt and tie environment.
  10. gunsablazin

    gunsablazin Well-Known Member

    Not so David E. My Kel Tec P3AT is not my first choice, but in close it will do just fine, and is much better than nothing. I usually carry it as a BUG, but in the "non-permissive" environment it does make sense.
  11. Steve CT

    Steve CT Well-Known Member

    My employer has the same policy. I am not admitting that I violate this policy by this reply, if I did carry at work it would be an LCP with a LaserLyte in a Nemesis pocket holster or a DeSantis ankle holster.

    I have owned the P3AT in the past, it is also a fine choice, I gave mine to my son and replaced it with the Ruger.
  12. farm23

    farm23 Well-Known Member

    I own a business and allow CC but if there is a rule against then don't complain when it is enforced. To carry is always a decision that has consequences for your self, other employees and the business owner. If I were to decide to break the rules I probably go with an ankle if clothes and shoes/boots worked or a pocket. What ever you carry practice till you are safe and accurate. I have a friend who thought carrying and a little practice was ok till he had to use his gun, fortunately he survived.
  13. 45_auto

    45_auto Well-Known Member

    You really believe that a bad guy will notice the difference between being shot by a .380 from a Keltec versus a .380 from a Sig?

    Does the name "Sig" on the slide somehow increase cartridge performance?
  14. marksg

    marksg Well-Known Member

    Might also add you can be charged for carrying in a posted area in some states and lose you carry permit.
  15. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Yup - I know folk that use off-body carry in non-RKBA friendly and non-secure work places. The most common approach is a thin single-stack in a Daytimer looking carrier, or a phone case looking belt pack with a small 380 in more casual settings. I know of a few females that are dang glad to be able to walk around their work environment with a hand clutch/purse. This is for environments where the actual work place is considered unsafe.

    If you're just walking to/from work in a bad area, you don't have to conceal the gun DURING work - just during the walk. Think on that one, and how much 'carry' you really need to perform.

    If you elect to violate company policy (and perhaps state law), be prepared to face the consequences with your chin up.
  16. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    "In close," ok. But what if it's a 10 yard head shot only?

    One needs to evaluate the reason(s) they want to carry a gun in a restrictive environment. Possible workplace violence? Do you really want to wait to defend yourself from the person until he's within 5-10 feet? Or would you want a gun that would allow accurate shots from further away? Me, I prefer the latter.

  17. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    No, but the capable sights on the Sig along with its better trigger make it much easier and faster to hit with.

    Have you shot these guns side by side? There's no comparison.

  18. btg3

    btg3 Well-Known Member

    At 3 times the price... what comparison might be imagined?
  19. Godsgunman

    Godsgunman Well-Known Member

    Really? A 10 yard head shot only? We're not dealing with zombies, let's be a little reasonable with this. In a work place setting the first response would to get out or to a safe place and find cover. The concealed weapon would be used if cornered or if needed to escape the premesis. Be pretty hard justifying a 10 yard head shot only because that would mean there is some kind of barrier between you and the assailant, correct?
  20. gunsablazin

    gunsablazin Well-Known Member

    I can envision scenarios where no handgun of any sort would get the job done, but if I were going to carry a pistol of any sort to work, and it was against company policy, there would have to be a real need to do so. I would be more likely to leave it in the car, and keep my mouth shut than carry it inside, that would keep it with you on the commute etc. I am thankful to work in a place where I can carry my P3AT, and my 1911 ......
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