Can a business say you can not possess a firearm in the parking lot?
I work at a Mall that all of you have probably heard of. I work at a very large national brand department store. I work in Loss Prevention. The department store policy in a nutshell is... "No Manager, contractor, or employee can possess a firearm whether they're on duty of off duty. This includes sidewalks and parking areas". The Mall itself also bans guns on the premises and they post signs stating that. But the department store I work for has no such signs, and in a letter from the company that owns the mall basically says "stores that operate their own entrances to and from the mall have the right as a tenant to make their own rules and policies" But the parking areas are also public property because of the local Buses and Trams that come through there and make stops. So here is my questions...
1. Can your employer tell you "you can not legally carry a firearm in a parking area"?
2. Can your employer tell you "you can not carry in the store off duty"?
3. What would you do?
I guess the reason why I'm asking is because I park in the public parking area, unload my LCP, lock up the LCP, and put the mag in my pocket. I also had a knife pulled on me recently that has made me a little on edge. At another store about 10 miles away they apprehended a guy who had a loaded 9mm with one in the chamber on him.
I was thinking about getting the smart carry, so if something happened I would be okay, but no one would ever know about it. I love my job and can't afford to quit, but I can't work if I'm dead. Thanks for the help guys.