Skip to comments.New Oklahoma law allows ammo in locked cars parked at work
Posted on 10/16/2012 5:06:07 AM PDT by marktwain
An Oklahoma law going into effect on November 1 allows employees to store ammunition in their locked vehicles parked at work.
A key aspect of Oklahomas Self-Defense Act allows people with valid gun licenses to carry handguns openly as well as concealed weapons in many public places. But another part of the open-carry law affects how people can store ammunition in their cars. The bill was signed by Governor Mary Fallin on November 15.
Oklahoma law already prohibited employers from having policies banning employees from keeping guns locked in their vehicles in employer parking lots. The new law says employers also may not prohibit employees from keeping ammunition in the parking lot.
Under the new law, businesses are still allowed to prohibit weapons in their buildings. Therefore, employers can still enforce policies that prohibit employees even those with valid licenses from bringing guns or weapons of any type into the workplace.
Make sure you have a no weapons in the building policy that is distributed to your workforce and is posted. Your policy also should prohibit ammo in the building.
Charlie Plumb is editor of Oklahoma Employment Law Letter and an attorney with McAfee & Taft in Tulsa.
Until a few insurance companies are burned for policies that require employees to be sitting ducks, this will be the standard received advice.
By the way, given the Oklahoma sun and heat, I hope people are careful about how they store ammo in cars and trucks, so that it will not inadvertently cook off.
The bill was signed by Governor Mary Fallin on November 15.
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This is either VERY old or VERY new.
Just another good case of editing/copy writing.
The bill was signed this past May and it goes into effect next month. http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?tag=oklahoma-self-defense-act
Another confusing article.
Before this law could gun owners store their weapons in their car ONLY IF THERE WAS AMMUNITION?
If the car was UNLOCKED, would the law be needed? (It is too early in the morning to read such drivel.)
Doesn’t apply to the Feds.
Normal handgun and rifle ammo will not cook of in an auto unless the auto catches fire for some reason. I keep it next to my automatic revolver.
I guess you had to carry the ammo in your pocket and keep your weapon in the car.
You got a Webley-Fosberry auto revolver? Very cool! Them suckers are rare!
The barrel turns and the cylinders stay still.
> I guess you had to carry the ammo in your pocket and keep your weapon in the car.
Without ammo, it’s just a club.
Have you actually witnessed a case where any amount of undisturbed ammo "cooked off" (exploded spontaneously) due to any (even an exacerbated) natural condition?
Didn't think so...
(Note: I am not arguing that future ammo performance might not be affected by improper storage conditions.)
wouldnt any revolver in your car be an “auto” revolver?
It depends on the transmission in the vehicle.
Art 2, § 26. Bearing arms - Carrying weapons.
The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.
And so it would be a good idea to rotate it. No sense having ammo which won't shoot when you want it to.
you missed the weasel words at the end. that’s why it was not “unnecessary.”
No, the “weasel words” apply specifically to concealed carry... traditionally hiding your weapons was a sign of ill intent.