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New York Laws Relating to Workplace Violence

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

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

In New York a license is required:

  • for a householder to have and possess a pistol or revolver in his or her dwelling
  • for a merchant or storekeeper to have and possess a pistol or revolver in his or her place of business
  • to have and carry a concealed pistol or revolver while employed as a messenger by a banking institution or express company
  • to have and carry a concealed pistol or revolver by a justice of the supreme court in the first or second judicial departments or by a judge of the New York city civil court or the New York city criminal court
  • to have and carry a concealed pistol or revolver while a regular employee of an institution of the state or of any county, city, town or village, under control of a commissioner of correction of the city or any warden, superintendent or head keeper of any state prison, penitentiary, workhouse, county jail or other institution for the detention of persons convicted or accused of crime or held as witnesses in criminal cases
  • to have and carry a concealed pistol or revolver, without regard to employment or place of possession, by any person when proper cause exists
  • to have, possess, collect and carry antique pistols

An employer with at least 20 permanent full time employees must make the written workplace violence prevention program available, upon request, to its employees, their designated representatives and the Department of Labor. Each employer must provide its employees with information and training on the risks of occupational assaults and homicides in their workplace at the time of their initial assignment and annually thereafter.

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