Oil major Chevron has joined a number of businesses to opt out of the Texas open carry law – which means employees will no longer be able to carry firearms inside office buildings.
The move was made apparent to employees in an email sent on the final day of last year.
The decision covers handguns, rifles or shotguns.
It is understood the email said”based on existing laws and company policy, no firearms (hanguns, rifles or shotguns) are permitted inside Chevron office buildings.”
The correspondence went on to say: “Other states have varying laws governing firearms; however, the Chevron policy is consistent that no firearms are allwed in any Chevron facility without prior approval from Global Security.”
Required signage has also been put in place in Chevron’s buildings stating the ban on open carry.
The Texas open carry law was put into effect on January 1st.
It allows Texans who have a concealed handgun to openly carry a firearm in a belt.
Chevron is the fifth-largest energy employer in the Houston area.