Answer by Andy Zavoina:These are state law issues so there can be a variance if you have branches in multiple states. Federal laws affect federal court buildings, post offices and parks, as some examples, but these don't reach private property as state laws do.
Texas, as one example, allows a property owner such as a bank, to post a prescribed notice that makes it a violation of law for a person to carry a concealed weapon inside the bank. Your state banking association likely offers these for sale or can make a referral if desired.
As to employees carrying concealed weapons, again look at the state laws. It may well be allowed that an employer can restrict the carrying of a concealed weapon by policy. I don't think many banks want to allow employees to carry them. This could invite a dangerous, and deadly situation. The banks insurance likely doesn't cover employees involved in a shootout because they were carrying guns.
Answer by Dana Turner:A recent U.S. Supreme Courtruling (June 2010) calls into question various state laws affecting an employer's right to ban firearms on the company's premises. Various states' laws may be in conflict with federal guidelines based on this. Please consider contacting your state's Office of the Attorney General for guidance.
First published on BankersOnline.com 8/16/10