Firearms in Vehicles
State law allows individuals who possess a valid Alabama state pistol permit to keep firearms stored in their vehicle while at work, as well as allowing those who possess a valid Alabama state hunting license to store an unloaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicle while at work. In a vehicle attended by the employee, the firearm must be kept from ordinary observation within the vehicle. When the employee is not in the vehicle, the firearm must be kept from ordinary observation and locked within a compartment, container, or in the interior of the employee's vehicle or in a compartment or container securely affixed to the motor vehicle. The law allows transportation of a handgun in a vehicle without an Alabama state pistol permit as long as the handgun is unloaded, locked in a container, and out of reach of the driver or passenger (AL Code Sec. 40-12-143).
An employer may not take any action against an employee solely based on the presence of the lawful weapon in an employee's vehicle. Such an action may result in a wrongful termination claim under the law for which the employee may seek damages for lost wages and other lost compensation, but not reinstatement. Employers should review any weapons policies in place in order to determine compliance with the law.
Prohibiting firearms at work. An employer may prohibit weapons inside its facility and when an employee is engaged in the work of the employer, whether on- or off-site. An employer may not restrict an employee from having a firearm that is out of sight and in his or her locked vehicle under certain circumstances. The employer can restrict an employee who does not have a concealed weapons permit from having a firearm in his or ...