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2ACheck Rating: “B” – Lowe’s is mostly gun-friendly.

August 8, 2013: Lowe’s Home Improvement allows lawful firearm carry by the public.  However, we have just received confirmation that Lowe’s HR policy prohibits possession of any weapons by employees. For this we have dropped their rating from an “A” to a “B.”  We believe Lowe’s policies are still generally supportive of gun rights, just not for their employees.

It is unfortunate, but employee restrictions on weapon possession in the workplace are commonplace in America and many companies that allow customer carry prohibit employee carry.   Those companies are typically rated “B” by Second Amendment Check.

Most companies will not disclose employee polices to us, but we suspect many with an “A” rating would have a “B” rating if they did.  If you see a company that we rate an “A” that you know bans firearms for employees and can provide evidence, please contact us:  info@2ACheck.com

We recently came into possession of the page of the Lowe’s HR Policies and Procedures that covers “weapons.”  Have a look:

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14 Comments

  1. Personally I would love to walk into a Home Depot or a Lowes, Walmart what ever and see every swingin Dick and Tit carrying , provided they had Background checks and were trained in proper gun use.

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  2. So I can bring in my dogs “off the clock” but not my gun. Ha.. if they ever tell me to leave when I have it not on the clock, that’s the same day I put in my “2 weeks”. Then they can’t say I can’t have it. O btw.. they do give us box knives, so should that be considered a weapon we can’t have that they give us?

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  3. The company I used to work for has had several active shooter incidents over the years, involving about 10 deaths and they still support their no-weapons policy and will not designate or train anyone wanting to carry in retrospect. Unbelievable

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  4. But Lowes allows dogs. They advertise that they’re “Pet Friendly” and they want people to bring their dogs into the store. What kind of a lawsuit do you think there will be when some little girl gets chewed up by a doberman? Who do you think will get sued? The pet owner or Lowes? Well, who has the most money?

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  5. I’m not sure about their policy on whether I need to obey this when I’m off the clock (shopping on my day off). The HR guy who did my orientation said Lowe’s doesn’t care about us having firearms on the property but we can’t bring them into the store when we’re working. His exact words were, “Leave them in your car. That’s fine, but you can’t store them in your locker.”

    The weird thing is we can’t even carry a Leatherman or a pocketknife (on the clock) because those are also considered “weapons”. I get that if you injure your finger when your Uncle Henry penknife folds up on it, you just got a workplace injury from a tool the company didn’t approve. That’s why we have to carry those idiotic, red, child-proof box cutters with the rounded tip on the blades.

    God, those are embarrassing. They’re the kindergarten safety-scissors of the box-cutter world.

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  6. I agree that the norm in America seems to be that employees are prohibited from carrying weapons on company property. With that in mind, it seems that companies would not be granted benefit of the doubt – that an “A” rating be reserved for companies in which deservedness can be confirmed. Just a thought.

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  7. I am a current Lowe’s employee. I feel if a Lowe’s employee has a CHL license they have gone through a background check and should be able defend themselves and others in the event of a threat from an armed criminal.

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    • But they are probably looking at it from a liability standpoint. If they have a employee that’s legally armed and ends up having to use it and either misses or is a Barney fife shit they will have to assume the liability.
      If they allow a armed customer and the same thing happens they will not be directly
      Liable. Either way it’s a plus that it’s not gun free. And with that they will continue to get my business!

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    • I’m not sure how it is in other places, but from my perch in the Paint Department, I’d say that about 1% of our customers are open carrying and that causes me to assume that perhaps 10% are concealed :-)

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      • Those that have passed the background check and have a LTC should be able to protect themselves and others.

        It’s not fair for Lowe’s to make myself and others helpless in a life or death situation.

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      • I see your point, but I would like to be able to react to a life threating situation and save my life and others.

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  8. Sadly, it is going to take the loss of a major lawsuit where someone or lots of someones die because they did not have access to a defensive firearm due to a company policy before companies (and their insurance carriers) start seeing legal carry as the safest option. Consider that lawful and common concealed carry has only been around about 20-25 years. Given enough time, and enough data, some smart lawyer is going to sue and win. When that happens, expect a lot of “no guns allowed” signs to come down. If we get really lucky some of these anti-gun groups will be included because they told the company that this was the safest option when the facts were clearly otherwise.

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  9. MAYBE — it might have to do with the liability that could be on “Lowes” if one of their employees shoots and kills or causes bodily harm to another subject. Imagine the lawsuit they would be under by family in either scenario

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