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Legal Tip: Taking a Weapon Where Stuff Can Go ‘Boom!’

Refinery Plant at dusk

U.S. Law Shield and Texas Law Shield members asked program attorneys about the legal problems of taking concealed carry firearms into the parking lots of companies that make hazardous, combustible or explosive materials.

Refinery Plant at dusk
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Q: There are some parking lots for companies that prevent employees and guests from storing a weapon in the car. I wanted to know what does the law view as a secure parking lot for a chemical plant? — Stovera Law Shield: Property under lease by a chemical manufacturer or oil and gas refiner in which the primary business is to manufacture, use, store, or transport hazardous, combustible or explosive materials may prohibit CHL holders from keeping a concealed handgun in their locked motor vehicle in the parking area.

However, if the parking area is outside of the secured and restricted area that contains both the physical plant (that is not open to the public) and the ingress (which is constantly monitored by security), then a CHL holder may keep a concealed handgun in a locked motor vehicle.

Q: I’m looking at a specific circumstance about a plant I work at: “Property under lease by a chemical manufacturer or oil and gas refiner that’s primary business is to manufacture, use, store, or transport hazardous, combustible or explosive materials may prohibit CHL holders from keeping a concealed handgun in their locked motor vehicle in the parking area.” It’s the underlined areas I have a concern about. I work in the semiconductor industry. My employer’s parking lot is fenced and has guards. They use all manner of chemicals that are both combustible and/or explosive. If I am reading your answer correctly, I cannot legally keep a weapon in my car in this parking lot. Is this correct? — Smitch13 U.S. Law ShieldLaw Shield: Good question Smitch13. Your interpretation of the law is correct. Under Texas labor code §52.062, possessing a firearm or ammunition in a locked motor vehicle parked on property owned or leased by a chemical manufacturer or oil and gas refiner on which the primary business conducted is the manufacture, use, storage, or transportation of hazardous, combustible, or explosive material, is prohibited.

However, a CHL holder may store a firearm or ammunition in his locked motor vehicle if the parking area is out of the secured and restricted area (1) that contains the physical plant; (2) that is not open to the public; and (3) the ingress into which is constantly monitored by security personal.

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Comments (2)

  1. I work for a municipal Fire department in Oklahoma. I am also a part time deputy for the county. Is it lawful to keep weapons in my vehicles on city property? What about a weapon in a commercial vehicle?

  2. Dear Law Shield, I am a federal government employee working in Texas who by law is not allowed to carry concealed, or store my pistol in the parking lot on federal property. Do you foresee anything getting better on allowing government employees being able to store their handguns in a locked car? I really don’t feel I need a weapon while at work, but I would like to have it for my commute for safety.

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