(reprinted from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business )
Maine will allow employees with permits to keep firearms in their cars at work.
Maine has enacted a law providing that an employer or an agent of an employer may not prohibit an employee who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm from keeping a firearm in the employee’s vehicle as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible. This law does not authorize an employee to carry a firearm in a place where carrying a firearm is prohibited by law.
An employer or an agent of an employer may not be held liable in any civil action for damages, injury or death resulting from or arising out of another person’s actions involving a firearm or ammunition transported or stored pursuant to the new law, including, but not limited to, the theft of a firearm from an employee’s vehicle, unless the employer or an agent of the employer intentionally solicited or procured the other person’s injurious actions. The law does not affect provisions in the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act of 1992 (Ch. 393 (H. 28), L. 2011, enacted June 21, 2011, effective 90 days after adjournment of the legislature).