TxDOT has finally amended their employee handbook to state that concealed carry is permissible for employees. Previously, they were not posted 30.06 as they weren't allowed to by law, but they did have an employee policy that did not allow for concealed carry even though the public is allowed to carry there. TxDOT is allowed to have up to 12,293 employees, so a large number of Texans may now carry without worrying about violating policy now, if they have their CHL.
Here is the updated policy.
Employees will not carry or keep firearms or any other weapons on department property, except as allowed below, while on duty or while representing the department. Failure to comply with this policy will subject that individual to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
It is not a violation for employees who lawfully possess firearms to transport and store firearms in a locked, privately owned motor vehicle while parked in a parking lot, garage, or other employee parking area provided by the department.
It is not a violation for employees or visitors to carry concealed handguns on department property if they are licensed in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H. Employees and visitors must abide by all applicable state and federal laws, including that:
· the handgun is kept concealed at all times, except to act in a life-threatening situation
· the license is current and valid, and
· handguns must not be carried where prohibited by any state or federal law, which specifically includes Texas Penal Code, Chapter 46. This statute prohibits concealed handguns at any meeting of a government entity, among other prohibited locations. Any violation of any law concerning concealed handguns (such as a handgun in plain sight, or any other violation) will be referred to law enforcement authorities.
Employees who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun and who choose to carry a handgun while on department property are subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including termination, if their handgun becomes visible, unless acting in response to a life-threatening event. In such a case, an automatic investigation will be triggered to review the employee's handling of the situation.
Employees must not provoke or challenge anyone displaying or recklessly carrying a handgun, but must report the incident to building security or law enforcement personnel when and where it is safe to do so.
A handgun, the presence of which is not openly discernible to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person.
Any instrument used to threaten, or cause injury or death to another person.
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