Wow... LOTS of interesting replies to this thread!
Makes good reading.
1) It is not against company policy to carry (I checked) -- policy only forbids brandishing, threatening, etc. So I carry concealed. I am not aware that anyone knows, including my employer.
2) NOT carrying at work due to someone finding out would be a tough call. I'm a P/T Intern and the experience I am getting there is invaluable for my career. Plus, I have never ever worked for anyone better or that I felt cared more about me as a person and were more than willing to be flexible regarding my schooling and even family needs. But if it did come up I probably wouldn't NOT carry unless I was being directed to -- and even then, most likely I would try and appeal the issue to the CEO and see if perhaps he wouldn't agree with my reasoning (after all, I've been carrying just about as long as I've worked there and to date have not shot the place up or been violent or rude in any way). But if it really came down to it... I'd probably just switch to SmartCarry and keep it to myself.
3) I have to admit, I STARTED carrying primarily for political reasons. Contrary to some, I do feel CC can be a political statement: #1 -- I add to the numbers of people with a permit (which makes it clear to the Legislature my general opinion regarding guns), and #2 -- I don't hide it from those I know quite as much as many other people do... I don't go around telling it and to this day 98% of everyone I know don't know that I carry... but I have decided that if the topic comes up I will defend it and if they then get curious and ask if I have a permit I will admit it and if they then ask if I carry I will admit that too... in other words, a layered response. So far it seems to work well. I have decided that I agree with OC'ers in principle but find it far too inconvenient due to work & school. Perhaps someday when I work from home and am done with school I will OC. And so, b/c of that, I don't care that much if people around me know I carry -- but I just want to slow their acquiring that knowledge so the whole family doesn't freak out all at once and get each other into some sort of crazed outrage. Teaching 1 person at a time is quite a bit easier than teaching a whole group since they'll usually play off of each other's fears. Also, when the topic DOES FINALLY come up, it's much easier to talk rationale into them by way of EXAMPLE (i.e.: TEACH them they have no reason to fear that I am carrying, as opposed to merely TELLING them not to be scared) if I can say something like, "well I've been carrying concealed around you every day for the last 3 years and I haven't yet shot the place up or threatened anyone nor did my gun start shooting by itself" -- if I just strapped the thing on and walked into my parent's house during a family get-together... well, that would obviously not have the same effect.
But having said that, I have become more and more aware of the real dangers inherent in every day life and the real need (and moral imperative) to carry for self-defense reasons too. And that reason is probably now my main reason. But carrying primarily for political reasons, I don't think, should be viewed as wrong nor should the person be made to think that "they should probably rethink their motivations... or they probably don't care about life very much" (sorry, Smith, no ill-will intended, just disagreeing)... after all, "the pen is mightier than the sword" and political tyranny ultimately leads to physical bondage. Carrying for political reasons *IS* carrying for self-defense -- it's just a different aspect of it.