The last 2016 issue of Plan Your Meetings is now online and, for the first time ever, includes the complete Meetings Outlook report of MPI’s quarterly survey. In those pages, you’ll uncover valuable findings for your work-life and career. In fact, it was due to an earlier edition of the survey that I began contemplating the intersection of guns and meetings as the research exposed the extent to which site selection in the U.S. can be impacted by local gun laws. That lit up my neurons and I leapt into the convoluted confluence of constitutional rights, legalese and fear—in the midst of a mind-boggling presidential campaign—seeking a clearer picture of how gun laws impact the landscape of meeting planning, for the Plan Your Meetings cover story.
- Will you allow or prohibit legal firearms on site?
- What rights do you have to restrict or welcome firearms at your event?
- How will this choice impact the attendee experience and/or insurance rates and coverage?
- What is your organization’s liability when bringing people together?
- When do you need armed security—and should they be in vicious-looking tactical gear or dispersed innocuously throughout your crowd in plain clothes?
- Did you know that in Nevada, it’s legal for handgun license holders to drink alcohol while armed (up to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.1—that’s greater than the percentage at which drivers receive a DUI in most of the country)?
Through interviews with planners, security experts and lawyers I’ve created a lengthy, but fact-filled story that can hopefully be an essential base from which you can begin having conversations to address these, and other, important safety and security questions ASAP.
Nothing ruins an event like an avoidable tragedy. Plan for it, but let’s avoid it, OK?
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