Plan Your Meetings is pleased to offer a free, interactive U.S. map showing state-by-state gun laws as they relate to meeting and event venues.
The Gun Laws & Event Venues map was created as a simple starting point for planners looking into the matter of firearms possession at their meetings and events—a follow-up to a series of gun-related articles released over the past six months, which was designed to educate meeting and event practitioners on myriad factors associated with firearms, such as safety, security and the attendee experience.
Select a state and you’ll immediately see the general status of handgun and long gun possession in the state, including whether or not permits are required. You’ll also get information related to exemptions in the law that apply specifically to potential meeting and event venues.
For example, in Texas, concealed and open carry of handguns is legal with a permit, except in venues that serve alcohol, amusement parks, racetracks, at sporting events and at businesses that post appropriate signage banning weapons. Each entry also includes a link to more thorough details (warning, these details are heavy in legal-speak).
Plan Your Meetings @ Meeting Professionals International is neither pro-gun nor anti-gun; we are pro-safety and pro-attendee experience. You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles about the intersection of firearms and meetings to understand your general rights when renting a space and how those rights may vary between states and venue types, among other potential implications.
You’re responsible for the safety of meeting and event attendees—so what are your options?
Legally, the question of a planner’s liability really comes down to identifying the organizer’s “duty of care” regarding firearms at the event
Guns at meetings are not a problem for everyone—here are some guidelines for planners
There are certainly occasions when armed event security is necessary—and when such security is a hindrance
Some necessary basics for planners to understand as they begin learning about firearms and event venues
As we move onto other important topics, please do not hesitate to let us know if there are additional angles to the firearms-at-meetings/events story that you’d like us to look into.