2ACheck Rating: “B” – The Home Depot is mostly gun-friendly.
The Home Depot has no policy prohibiting customer carry, which is great. Unfortunately, Home Depot bars employees from carrying “firearms, weapons, explosives or other threatening devices” on company property. For this reason, they are not eligible for a rating above a “B.” We will continue to patronize The Home Depot, and encourage them to reconsider their policy of disarming employees.
Below is the statement we received from them:
“The Home Depot has a long-standing policy prohibiting employees from
carrying weapons in its stores. Our policy regarding associates remains
as follows: Under no circumstances may associates bring firearms,
weapons, explosives or other threatening devices on Company property or
We wonder if that policy would include things like box cutters, chains, hammers, shovels, axes, screwdrivers, saws, chemicals, fertilizer (think Oklahoma City bombing), forklifts, and any of the other 1000′s of potentially “threatening devices” accessible in every Home Depot store.
With the items available on the shelves at a single Home Depot location one could, in theory, kill thousands of people. So why hasn’t it happened, with all those dangerous and threatening devices laying around? Because – It is the man that makes the crime, not the tool. We suspect The Home Depot knows this, but violates their employees rights out of an abundance of cowardice. They must know their policy will never stop a disgruntled employee who is determined to harm someone from bringing the “threatening device” of his/her choice onto company property. We suspect this policy is in place to reduce the risk of a lawsuit in the event someone is harmed, even justifiably so, by a Home Depot employee on company property.
As a point of interest, we have asked them to clarify if this policy would also prohibit employees from leaving their firearms secured in their vehicle in the parking lot while on the job. Their answer was just a repetition of the policy; “Under no circumstances may associates bring firearms, weapons, explosives or other threatening devices on Company property or Company vehicles.” We assume this means that if the parking lot is on “Company property” then an employee could be in violation of this policy even if he/she leaves their firearm secured in their parked vehicle.