Georgia Employers: Be Careful Who You Hire!
May 20, 2008
The Governor of Georgia signed legislation today that will allow employees to keep firearms in their vehicles while parked on company property. Effective July 1, 2008, employers will not be able to restrict their employees from retaining firearms in their vehicles and will have no authority to search vehicles if firearms are suspected in an employee’s automobile. Of course, with any piece of legislation, there are exceptions to the rule. But from what I’ve read, it seems that most Georgia employers’ hands are tied. Granted, the legislation “generally protects employers from liability in criminal or civil action resulting from an occurrence involving the transportation, storage, possession, or use of a firearm covered by the law.” I don’t trust generalities – do you?
So, I take this opportunity to reach out to Georgia employers directly: Make sure you know who it is you are hiring. Conduct a thorough background check to make sure there is no history of violence in your employee’s past. The safety and security of those who work in and visit your offices (and even those passing by) is at risk.
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