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Clarifying Employer Misconceptions About Texas’ New “Open Carry” Gun Law

Introduction to Texas’ “Open Carry” Law - A new law became effective earlier this year in the Lone Star State, making Texas’ broad gun-rights laws even more permissive. Before January 1, the only firearms Texas citizens...more

Texas Open Carry Law: FAQs for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

As of January 1, 2016, concealed license holders in Texas can now legally carry their handguns visibly in hip or shoulder holsters. This comes at a time when violence in hospitals and healthcare facilities is on the rise....more

Avoid “Uh-Oh”-Pen Carry at the Airport

Since Texas’ open carry law went into effect at the beginning of the year, Pistol Pete has carried his Glock everywhere he can in his shoulder holster. In a rush to make his flight to Houston for a business meeting, Pete...more

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Guns? Steps Businesses Must Take to Prevent Open Carry by Employees and Customers

Effective January 1, 2016, Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders are now allowed to carry their guns in visible holsters on their hips or shoulders. Previously, CHL holders were required to conceal their weapon completely...more

How Does the New Texas Open Carry Law Affect Employers?

On January 1, 2016, Texas became the 45th state to allow the open carry of firearms. This affects most private employers, with exceptions for schools and certain areas of oil and gas refineries. Private and public businesses...more

New Year Brings New Gun Laws in Texas

Texas has long allowed licensed citizens to carry concealed handguns, but in 2016 Texas will allow “open carry” for the first time. For employers, this means dusting off the gun policies and signs on your front doors to...more

Understanding the New Texas “Open Carry” Gun Laws

Effective January 1, 2016, individuals with a license to carry will be authorized to carry a holstered handgun openly in public. Texas property owners must comply with specific requirements if they decide to prohibit guns on...more

Open Carry and Campus Carry: Expanded Handgun Rights in Texas in 2016 and Beyond

In its most recent session, the Texas legislature passed two bills related to handgun possession in Texas.  House Bill No. 910 (HB 910) legalizes open carry of handguns in Texas.  Senate Bill No. 11 (SB 11) allows handgun...more

North Carolina Enacts Omnibus Firearms Law, Promotes Uniformity and Standardization of NC’s Gun Laws

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law “An Act to Amend Various Firearms Laws” yesterday. “Various” is the key here, because the Act is far-reaching, amends over a dozen statutes, and introduces entirely new...more

Open Carry? Or Not?

Police Chief Steroid McMuscles reported that Colt Glockenhand who entered Wally-Mart with a shotgun was not charged with “engaging in the lawful open carry of a pump-action shotgun” – a violation of the Cut and Shoot town...more

New Texas “Open Carry” Legislation On Its Way to Becoming Law

The Texas House of Representatives recently passed legislation (H.B. 910) that will allow holders of a concealed handgun license to carry holstered handguns in plain view. The Texas Senate passed its version of the “open...more

NC Legislative Update for June 2015

This Week - Senate Budget writers continued to meet privately throughout the week. Senate leadership sharply criticized the House budget surmising that it spends far too much, a roughly 6% overall increase in spending...more

Ninth Circuit to Rehear Second Amendment Case

Case Challenges San Diego County Sheriff’s Policy on Issuance of Concealed Carry Permits - A federal appellate court’s decision to re-hear a controversial Second Amendment case has left California without any federal...more

Concealed carry triggers physician office questions on gun-toting patients

One year ago, Illinois became the last state to enact concealed carry firearm legislation after the Seventh U.S. Court of Appeals stuck down its longtime ban....more

Second Amendment Rights “Out the Door” in D.C.

Despite what might be implied by this article’s title, Second Amendment rights have actually expanded in D.C. recently. Last month, in Palmer v. District of Columbia __F. Supp.2d__ (2014); 2014 WL 3702854 (D.D.C. July 24,...more

Firearm Concealed Carry Act

On July 9, 2013, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act became state law and Illinois became the 50th state to enact concealed-carry legislation. The Illinois law allows concealed guns on private property and places of work and...more

The Aftermath of the Peruta Decision…Is the Debate Over Carrying Concealed Weapons Escalating?

Thomas Jefferson said, “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” Is this the framework the court used to find that the 2nd Amendment forbids the State of California from...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Requiring Showing of Good-Cause for Concealed Carry Permit Violates Second Amendment

Second Amendment Requires States to Permit Some Form of Carry for Self-Defense Outside of the Home - Overview: The Ninth Circuit has ruled unconstitutional a San Diego County policy requiring applicants for a concealed...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that San Diego’s Restrictions on Concealed Weapon Permits are Unconstitutional

Yesterday the Ninth Circuit ruled that “San Diego County’s ’good cause’ permitting requirement impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.” The case is Peruta v. San Diego (9th...more

Are You Prepared To Comply With New Employment Laws And Requirements In 2014?

The New Year brings new employment laws and requirements for businesses. For example, as reported in the most recent edition of The Fast Laner, Illinois became the last state to allow people to carry concealed firearms....more

Illinois Employers Should Beware Of The Impact Of The Firearm Concealed Carry Act

Illinois employers beware, if you want to prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms on your property, you must post a sign stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited, according to a law that became effective...more

Act Now Advisory: Illinois's New Firearm Concealed Carry Act Requires Action Now by Employers

Earlier this year, Illinois passed the Firearm Concealed Carry Act ("Act"), which generally allows individuals to carry concealed guns in Illinois as long as they have a license to do so. The Illinois State Police will start...more

Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act – Are You Ready?

The wheels are in motion and soon the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act will take flight. The law allows licensed individuals to carry concealed or partially concealed firearms on their persons and in their vehicles. ...more

Update: Illinois Concealed Carry Notice Now Available

Earlier this summer, we reported that Illinois enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which allows individuals with a special permit to carry a concealed firearm in public. The law provides, however, a long list of...more

Illinois State Police Releases Sign Required to Prohibit Concealed Weapons on Property

As we reported over the summer, under a new Illinois law, employers seeking to prohibit individuals from bringing concealed weapons onto their private property are now required to post a sign to that effect at building...more

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