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As many of you may not know, I started a new job 3-4 weeks ago. It has been EXCELLENT, and I am really enjoying the work. However, I am traveling A LOT, gone for an entire week, then back for the weekend. My first trip, I took my firearm with me, as I felt I'd like to have it around -- you know, just in case * roll video clips post-Katrina *...

At any rate, I travel with a group, usually 2-3 of us all flying together, sharing a rental car, and staying at the same hotel. With new rules, it is really impossible for me to go through the airport without alerting one of my comrades that I'm packing, as it all has to be declared, unloaded, checked, etc. I tried to keep it low key, as I was leaving Akron-Canton OH airport, but the kid had never run into someone with a firearm before. He nearly freaked -- "I need to get my supervisor!" lol

It's not a big deal, you sign an orange tag and put it in the firearms case, then place it all inside your checked bag. One guy I have been traveling with is way cool about it and supportive. The other guy freaked out then played 20 questions with me. "What is going on? Why does he need a SUPERVISOR?" "What do you HAVE in that box anyhow?" (Gun box is open on the counter anyhow, required that they check it out...) He said I ought to check with HR before doing that again.

I have always adhered to company policy about not having firearms on any of their property/premise (concealed carriers are NOT exempt). However, I figured it was none of their business what I do in my time at the hotel, and if I want to have a firearm with me in my "habitation" at night, that's my business. I am good at checking out state and local laws wherever I have gone to make sure I adhere to ALL laws.

Well, after a talk with HR and a query to the legal department, I've found out it's not okay to have one with me whatsoever. Even in my hotel room. I don't know if it's because they are paying my way, etc. (on their errand, so to speak)... Anyone run into difficulties with this?

I don't have much recourse, as they are a private employer, and can basically do whatever they want. If I don't like it, they can just fire me. (Utah is a right-to-work state.)

I won't jeapordize my job over it, but it is bugging me. My original plan was "don't ask, don't tell", but with the travel group, that plan kind-of didn't work out the way I wanted. At this point, I'm just resigning myself to the fact I won't be taking it with me on the road. But after having it with me for so long, it makes me feel a bit insecure without it.

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Since I travel alone, the 'Don't ask, Don't tell' rule applies to me.

That bites, Randy.

Sounds like that one guy could cause some trouble for you on future trips. Are you always travelling to the same place? Any chance you have an acquaintance in town you could leave your piece with for those times you come into town? That was the only feasible way I could foresee carrying on those trips. It bites, I know, but something you'll have to live with if you want to keep your job.
 

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Randy that really does suck. The closest I have came to needing a weapon was when I was in a hotel out of town. One possible answer to the paraniod anti-gunner would be, "I don't see the problem, it's legally permited for my personal protection. Would you deny me the right to protect myself". Of course he would just tattle-on-you, some time any how. I do think you should let them know that they bear all the liability if you are attacked which would include punitive damages for denying you the capability to protect yourself. But don't do anything that would jeopardize your livelyhood. I live with the same restrictions and it sucks.

Yea! Yea! Be careful out there!

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