Could Guests with Guns Show Up at Your Next Event?

On Jan. 1, Texas became the 15th U.S. state to allow the open carry of handguns if properly licensed. As a result, you just might find that guests with guns try to walk into your next event. What to do? Our sister publications group, MeetingsNet, offers suggestions for how to cope:

Now that many states allow guns to be carried into public spaces, as long as the practice complies with the host state’s firearm laws, armed attendees may be coming to your next meeting. As with any other meetings-related issue, your organization should have a policy on handling guns at your meetings, said Josh Grimes, an attorney with Grimes Law Offices, during a session at the Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress in Atlantic City in June ….MeetingsNet

At the end of the day, all of the preparation that goes into this–our planning with the venue, the client, the on-site protection–has to be invisible to the attendees, which is kind of ironic. While everyone wants to be safe and secure, nobody wants to see it. People who attend our events attend events all over the world and understand the inherent risk of travel, but nobody wants to be in a security state. So by definition, all of our hard work needs to go unnoticed!

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