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Minnesota Laws Relating to Workplace Violence

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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A summary of Minnesota laws relating to weapons and conduct that impact workplace violence.

As part of the Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act, an employer may establish policies that restrict the carry or possession of firearms by its employees while acting in the course and scope of employment. Employment-related civil sanctions may be invoked for a violation.

However, an employer may not prohibit the lawful carry or possession of firearms in a parking facility or parking area.

A person carrying a firearm on or about his or her person or clothes under a permit or otherwise who remains at a private establishment knowing that the operator of the establishment or its agent has made a reasonable request that firearms not be brought into the establishment may be ordered to leave the premises.

"Reasonable request" means the requester has prominently posted a conspicuous sign at every entrance to the establishment containing the following language: "(Indicate identity of operator) BANS GUNS IN THESE PREMISES."; and the requester or its agent personally informs the person of the posted request and demands compliance. "Prominently" means readily visible and within four feet laterally of the entrance with the bottom of the sign at a height of four to six feet above the floor. "Conspicuous" means lettering in black Arial typeface at least 1-1/2 inches in height against a bright contrasting background that is at least 187 square inches in area.

"Private establishment" means a building, structure, or portion thereof that is owned, leased, controlled, or operated by a nongovernmental entity for a nongovernmental purpose.

The owner or operator of a private establishment may not prohibit the lawful carry or possession of firearms in a parking facility or parking area.

The Minnesota courts have ruled that The Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act is unconstitutional. This decision affects the city of St. Paul only.

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