Help - Critique my Letter to the Board of Arvest Bank over New Gun Ban
Within the last month or so my bank has posted the misguided "no gun" symbol. I have seen this symbol go up in several places since we passed a law that allows CCW permit holders to open carry starting next month. I will likely use this basic letter for several of these businesses but I am starting with my bank.
I love this bank and I hate to leave so I am hoping they will change their policy back. I am writing this letter to the board and I would like any advice on how to make it better (shorter, longer, clearer, more facts, less facts, better arguments, etc.)
Board of Directors,
As a long-time customer, I noticed that recently there have been No Gun signs posted at all your branches in the Lawton, Oklahoma area.
Criminals, by definition, will not obey any handguns laws, and they will not obey No Gun signs and, in fact, may see businesses that post them as an easy target.
As a state licensed concealed firearms permit holder, I have had an extensive criminal background check performed by the state to ensure I am qualified to legally possess and carry a firearm. The criminal has not. If the branch’s recent ban on handguns is based on the belief that customers will be overly concerned in seeing other bank patrons carrying handguns openly perhaps a sign banning the open carry of handguns would be better.
Your new firearm policy risks losing more Oklahoma customers than could possibly be off-set by whatever benefit you expect that policy to provide. While it is your right to post such signs, continued restrictions on my constitutional right to carry a firearm and to protect myself will only force me to take my banking business elsewhere, a situation I believe we both would like to avoid.