Canadian County Employee Handbook Policy Changed
We would like to thank the Canadian County Board of Commissioners for asking OK2A to make a presentation this morning (December 11, 2017) on allowing employees with a valid handgun license to carry while on the job. Including the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association in decisions such as these is always a great step forward on the return of all our rights. Their goal is to have the new policy in effect on January 1, 2018. Become a supporting member of your Second Amendment rights!
Canadian County Employee Personnel Handbook Policy Change
The following policy was approved by a majority vote of elected county officers at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Canadian County on December 11, 2017. The amendment supersedes the current policy in the Canadian County employee personnel policy handbook.
Firearms & Concealed Weapons
Canadian County wishes to maintain a work environment that is free of unauthorized firearms, weapons, explosives, and other dangerous materials. To achieve this goal, the county prohibits (except by other specific authorization) the use of the following items on county premises: dangerous chemicals and explosives. Other objects carried for the purpose of injuring or intimidating other people may be considered dangerous items. This prohibition includes all handguns even if the individual has a valid license to carry a handgun unless the individual has signed an information waiver (below) and provided a photocopy of a valid Oklahoma Self-Defense Act Handgun License to Canadian County. Employees shall provide a photocopy of a renewed Oklahoma Self-Defense Act Handgun License within thirty (30) days of renewal. Firearms may be present in an employee’s unattended or attended private vehicle on county property only if the vehicle is locked at all times. Employees violating this policy will be subjected to disciplinary action, up to and including separation. If any employee observes any dangerous items in violation of this policy on county property, the employee is under duty to report such item to the appropriate elected official.
By signing below I acknowledge that I have received a copy of the amendment to the Canadian County Employee Personnel Handbook.
Canadian County Information Wavier for employee carrying a firearm [12-11-2017].
This information waiver must be filled out and signed by county employee to be in compliance with county firearm policy. Please initial beside each statement.
______ 1. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand the carrying or discharge of a firearm in compliance pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act shall not be a part of an employee’s job description.
______ 2. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand—except for the act of self-defense—any employee that removes a weapon from a holster shall be considered for termination of employment. Any “show and tell” of a firearm on public property or in a county vehicle shall never be allowed.
______ 3. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that firearm safety is to be observed at all times.
______ 4. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand this policy may include times where conceal carry will be required at the discretion of a supervisor to contend with public or fellow employee discomfort to those visually carrying a weapon. The objective is to be able to defend yourself, not to show off a firearm.
______ 5. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand this policy does not allow a county employee to carry into the courthouse or any other building specifically prohibited by law.
______ 6. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand county employees violating this policy or the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act shall be subject to termination.
______ 7. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that the county is not responsible for the loss or damage(s) of any employee’s private property including a firearm or related articles.
______ 8. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that an employee is completely responsible for loss or damage by the use of a firearm and is fully responsible for their own legal fees both civilly and criminally. The county shall not provide legal council for an employee’s self-defense actions.
______ 9. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that handguns are to be carried holstered or stored in a tethered lock box designed for handgun storage when left unattended on public property (other than a private vehicle) or in a public vehicle at the expense of the employee.
______ 10. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that damage as the result of a firearm shall not prevent an employer, employee, or any person who has suffered loss or damage resulting from the use of a firearm to seek redress for damages.
______ 11. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that an employee shall be required to participate in any drills or what is expected of them until law enforcement arrives on scene.
______ 12. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that any changes in policy shall require notification by Canadian County to each individual employee by written acknowledgment of any changes.
______ 13. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that if an employee is involved in an act of self-defense while on county time on or in county property shall agree to not give a statement until he or she has been advised by an attorney and the employee is responsible for all attorney fees and damages as a result of the act.
______ 14. As a county employee, I acknowledge and understand that a county employee shall provide a copy of their valid handgun license and within 30 days of a renewed handgun license.
I have read each and understand fully the responsibility carrying of a handgun as an employee of Canadian County and acknowledge by my printed name and signature below.
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