LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Following the San Bernardino shooting, gun permit applications increased, but before bringing a gun in to work, there are important rules and law to note.
"I think there's really been a dramatic change over the past 10 or 15 years," Ariana Levinson, a University of Louisville Law professor who specializes in workplace law, said. "Fifteen years ago no employee would have been thought to be able to bring a firearm into their vehicle."
That's allowed in Kentucky, but that's about as far as the law goes.
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"In general, if you do bring a firearm on, you can be fired," Levinson said.
For private companies, employees often sign contracts or handbooks which prohibit having handguns in buildings. In public areas, employers can post signs prohibiting guns, as well.
However, there are exceptions to those rules.
"Like if they told you you couldn't bring your weapon because you're a black woman, that would be discrimination," Levinson said. "Your union contract might give you some protection."