Q May a municipality limit the employees’ ability to carry firearms during the workday either concealed or open, while on or off municipal property?

A Yes. Previous opinions noted that even though enhanced carry on school property is statutorily authorized, a school board could by either employment policies or contracts prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons by employees with an enhanced license. The same rationale applies to municipalities. Employers may restrict the rights of employees to carry weapons through appropriate and reasonable employment policies with regard to the actual employment. Public employers obviously have a substantial interest in protecting both employees in the workplace as well as citizens, vendors, contractors, or others that may be on municipal property or interacting with municipal employees. Any regulations, rules, or ordinances regarding carrying of weapons by employees should be accompanied by such findings when adopted or promulgated. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Mallette, March 21, 2018)