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Get familiar with concealed carry laws

Just because a camp leader thinks it is OK for a member to carry a concealed weapon, it doesn’t mean it’s legally OK.

Concealed carry laws are now on the books in every state and Washington, D.C. Because laws vary by state, it is critical for your camp to be familiar with your state’s regulations and work with legal counsel to determine how to apply them at your site.

Camps continue to offer safe environments, however, they are not immune to violent acts. Careful consideration should be given when deciding whether or not to allow handguns on your premises. This decision should be thoroughly evaluated and discussed; it should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision.

There are a few things to consider if your camp decides to adopt a “no weapons” policy. Signs prohibiting concealed firearms, for example, must be posted clearly and conspicuously at the entrances of properties.

Don’t assume employees will know what to do if someone tries to bring a prohibited weapon into your camp — train them for a consistent response. Instruct your employees to politely ask the person if he or she noticed the sign prohibiting the weapon.

Another element of the “no weapons” policy should cover what to do if the policy is violated. How should it be reported? Who should it be reported to? How should the violator be confronted?

Again, consult with a local attorney and law enforcement to implement both a safe and lawful policy.

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