Hereís a little story of something that happened today. I would be interested in the groupís thoughts and opinions. I operate a small business and sometimes employees utilize their own vehicles for business purposes (for which they are compensated). This morning one of my project managers sent a technician out for some supplies in his truck. The technician stopped for coffee and a donut and after consuming them placed the cup and debris in a bag and tossed it on the floor of the truck. As he was exiting the vehicle the tech reached back in for the bag and noticed a handgun under the seat. He got upset and called the office and complained to our dispatcher. He was upset and felt that he had been put at risk.
Just a note, here that in MA it is illegal to have a gun under the seat of a vehicle unless the gun is in a locked container or has an appropriate locking device. Of course that also assumes that one has the appropriate permit.
So moving along with the story. The tech was upset because he does not have a permit and was concerned about what would have happened if he was stopped for some reason or got into an accident. Certainly an understandable concern. MA is not a gun friendly state.
The dispatcher contacted the project manager (pm) and relayed the complaint. Here is where it gets good! The pm just laughs and says not to worry because the gun is unloaded and it does not work anyway. He only carries it for those times when he is in bad neighborhoods. ***!!! Oh yeah, the pm also does not have any kind of permit.
Luckily nothing happened. The pm volunteered not to carry it in his vehicle anymore and the tech is letting it go. We are consulting our attorney, but hopefully this is just a minor issue that we can forget about.
As a final note I do not meddle in my employees private business and I do not discourage LEGAL ccw. However, this pm put another employee at risk at least from a legal perspective. The pm is a great employee in all other ways and I do not want to blow this out of proportion. So, any thoughts?