Ohio: New Bill Limits Employer Control of Guns at Work


All Employers with OH Employees


March 19, 2017


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Effective March 19, 2017, Senate Bill 199 will now limit an employer’s ability to control the presence of guns at the worksite.  Specifically, the Bill allows licensed gun owners to keep firearms in their own vehicles while parked on private employer property.  It also allows licensed owners to bring concealed handguns into airport, institutes of higher education, and some government buildings under certain, specific conditions.

Previously, private employers had the ability to prohibit the presence of any firearms on the employer’s premises or properties, including inside employees’ personal motor vehicles.  The bill now states that guns can be transported or stored on company property when (1) the firearm and all of its ammunition are kept in the individual’s privately owned vehicle when the owner is present in said vehicle, or if kept locked in the trunk or other enclosed compartment if the owner is absent; and (2) the vehicle is kept in a location where it is otherwise permitted to be (e.g., a parking lot or garage).

Action Items

  1. View the text of Senate Bill 199 here.
  2. Have employee handbooks or policy documents reviewed to ensure language concerning possession of firearms is compliant with the bill.
  3. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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