COSTCO firearms policy

COSTCO firearms policy

This is a discussion on COSTCO firearms policy within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; We've shopped at Costco for years, and while I have looked for no-weapons signs, I've never seen any. Nevertheless, Costco has the following policy in ...

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    COSTCO firearms policy

    We've shopped at Costco for years, and while I have looked for no-weapons signs, I've never seen any. Nevertheless, Costco has the following policy in full display on their website. I'll look again to see if my store is posted, but I'm debating whether I should surrender my membership

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    Personal Firearms/Guns in Costco Stores

    Costco Wholesale is a membership-only warehouse club. It is not open to the general public. It restricts membership to a limited group of qualified individuals who agree to membership conditions. We have the right and the obligation to our members, to enact and enforce membership rules. The Member Service Employees at the exit doors are obliged to follow these rules. By obtaining a Costco membership card, our members agree to comply with the Membership Rules and the Privileges and Conditions of membership.

    Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace. Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This is not a new policy and we do not customize the policy for each individual city/county/state/country where we do business.

    Our primary goal at Costco Wholesale is to keep our members happy. If you believe that our policy restricting members from bringing firearms into our warehouse stores is either unfair or excessively burdensome, or you cannot agree to abide by this policy, or you are dissatisfied for any other reason, Costco will promptly refund your annual membership fee in full.


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    the stores are not posted, concealed means concealed and don't ask don't tell works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by apvbguy View Post
    the stores are not posted, concealed means concealed and don't ask don't tell works for me
    I agree with you on all points. I am just disgusted with Costco as a corporation for adopting this position, and a little incredulous to actually see it in print.

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    Just another reason not to shop at Costco. We gave up the membership many years ago and never looked back.
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    They obviouly are not pushing this policy hard, and if there were a confrontation it appears they are just going to refund you and turn you lose, are likely give you the option of locking the gun in the car. Of course in Texas, and unposted you are not illegal, so no harm no foul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick62 View Post
    Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace. Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world.
    Whoever wrote this is a bleeding heart, liberal moron. I am SO SICK of places like this saying not allowing concealed carry makes people more safe. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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    The Costco in Omaha was not posted whatsoever. Then one day walking in I noticed a large sign above or very near the second set of sliding glass doors that basically declared no weapons allowed whatsoever. In Nebraska we have no uniform signage. As long as it expressly states no guns or weapons and is visible the sign counts. It could even be written in crayon but if the intent is clear, NO GUNS, it counts.

    The sign blended into their other signs because they had the same design like the rest of the signs when you enter the store. White backgrounds with blue lettering.

    That sign meant that I never shopped at Costco again.
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    I just went to Costco today and shopped CC. That is why it is concealed... I could care less. If they notice (Don't know how), I am not concerned that I would be escorted out... Fine... But since our three Costco's I shop at have no signage, I have a good alibi...

    I don't look for trouble and I doubt any other places don't look for CC people. Live and let live...
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    Three of the four Costcos I've visited in the Phoenix area have fairly prominent "No Firearms" signs.

    However, it's neither the signage nor the corporate policy that determines one's ultimate safety, as we know from 2 summers ago: Officers fatally shoot armed man at Summerlin Costco - Saturday, July 10, 2010 | 1:55 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun

    In the greater scheme of things, I think it's wise to differentiate between corporate policies which are driven by liability and CYA concerns, like I consider Costco, versus active and open hostility to guns and gun-related commerce, like Bank of America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick62 View Post
    Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace. Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This is not a new policy and we do not customize the policy for each individual city/county/state/country where we do business.

    Our primary goal at Costco Wholesale is to keep our members happy. If you believe that our policy restricting members from bringing firearms into our warehouse stores is either unfair or excessively burdensome, or you cannot agree to abide by this policy, or you are dissatisfied for any other reason, Costco will promptly refund your annual membership fee in full.[/I]
    I wonder...does this apply to bad guys too?
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    Why?? Because at the last second, the Police are minutes away.

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    I don't use any of the big box stores, however Sam's Club has the same policy as their parent company, Walmart, which is gun friendly.
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    I got rid of my Costco membership. I miss cheap milk & Kirkland brand toilet paper and paper towels, but their politics are sad.
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    Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers.
    What someone at corporate HQ "believes is necessary" is irrelevant unless and until it (a) becomes a clearly stated policy that says "no guns are allowed on our premises" and (b) that policy is clearly communicated, according to the state laws in force at the specific store's location.

    Bluntly, I don't give a tinker's dam what the writer of that statement thinks is or isn't necessary.
    Last edited by dev_null; May 4th, 2012 at 12:17 AM. Reason: typo
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    As someone already posted. Carrying there could get you killed.
    Last edited by STLRampage; May 3rd, 2012 at 08:56 PM.

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    I shop at Sam's Club and will continue to with this news.
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