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Colorado concealed carry law allows employers to ban guns at work

2:51 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - As a package of Colorado gun control bills makes its way through the House, we explored another aspect of the gun control debate on 9NEWS 7 a.m.

Denver labor law attorney Kim Ryan was our guest, as she talked about the issue of guns at the workplace. Ryan noted that although the Colorado Supreme Court recently overturned the CU ban of guns on campus, this was decided on narrow legal grounds. She said the ruling does not directly impact private employer bans.

Ryan says while it is possible that the statute or an employer policy could be challenged, perhaps on state Constitutional grounds, she has not found a published Colorado case testing such a ban by a private employer.

Ryan noted courts in other states have found in favor of employers where workers brought wrongful discharge cases after they were fired for bringing guns to work. At the same time, some other states have passed or are considering so-called "take your gun to work" laws, which prohibit gun bans by employers.

Ryan predicted the tension between workplace violence policies and individual gun rights is going to be part of the national dialogue on gun restrictions. While she could foresee a legal challenge to employer gun bans in Colorado, whether it would be successful in court is an open question according to Ryan that undoubtedly would be highly controversial regardless of the outcome.

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