Someone says something to HR because you had the same conversation at work that you’d have in the press room (and sober) of an NRA Annual Meeting and you can be out on your ear. Unemployment
I would not go as far as being fired, but it will definitely will affect your advancement at work. Remember something: All those people who graduated from mayors Gender Studies or Socialist Flower Arrangement can only find “executive” jobs in the Huma Resources area. Unless otherwise proven, anybody working for any HR department in the US are bleeding heart liberals that fantasize having sex with Bernie and being whipped by Occasional-Cortex.
In one of the jobs I had, I made the mistake of being open about my shooting competitions and other shooting related stuff except anything politics and even the blog went unmentioned. It was eventually used against me when I applied for a supervisor position. I was called to HR to be told I did not get the position and was given to a younger, less time on the job and inexperienced kid and the excuse I was given initially was that I was hot-tempered because a small encounter I had with a company associate violating security procedures. When I prompted how did they know about it, I was told the person had lodged a grievance when it happened, two months earlier. When I asked why wasn’t I interviewed so I could not only give my side of the story and interview the witness who was there and could confirm my side. She started babbling stuff that did not make sense about not being one thing but a bunch of little ones and then it escaped her lips: “Your training.”
It took me a bit to process what she meant by it and then it dawned on me she meant my shooting matches. I asked her and she went around the mulberry bush but never denied it. Since the die was already cast and the position filled, I thanked her for her time with exquisite politeness and left HR. I continued to be very formal and very polite with her every time we crossed paths which made her very nervous but there was nothing she could do. A couple of months later, there was an investigation in her office and she resigned unexpectedly.
Even my boss set me up, or tried. the company building was going to be closed for six months for renovation. Some of the associates were sent to other locations, some were told they would come back and given a six month not-severance package and the rest were just given the severance package plus vacation and sick time and said nothing about coming back. We were essentially dismissed. After the building was empty, some of us were told we were needed for 12 hour fire watch for a period of about 2 weeks while they emptied the place and prepped everything for the renovation. I got about 5 days including the first and last. It was a simple thing: you stayed next to the fire panel and just keep an eye on alarms going off. The day before the first night, my boss explained to me what was it about and made the comment “I wouldn’t do this shit unarmed.” and left it like that.
By now I knew it was a set up. If I was fired, I did not get my severance package and his office budget would look better. I also knew I was going to be under a surveillance camera all the time while on duty and I am sure he accessed remotely thinking he would catch me in the act of fondling my gun. I got confirmation later on by a third-party and he was disappointed I did not bring with me a gun.
Apropos of nothing, let us always remember that when you carry concealed, it means concealed.
So, after a very long and boring tirade, don’t mention shit at work about your gun proclivities. Exception to be made if you work for the gun industry , of course, otherwise you would be weird and sent to HR with reason.