The issue is whether or not you, the homeowner, are comfortable with lawfully concealed handguns. If you aren't, you should post a sign rather than expecting everyone else to read your mind.
Always carry; Never tell
Also keep in mind that telling an individual that you visit will likely result in that person telling others that you carry. People like to gossip and share secrets, so you can't exactly pick and choose who finds out. The person you tell may not be offended, but as they tell two friends, and they tell two friends, etc., word will get around to those you probably don't want to have the conversation with.
I'd suggest you play it by ear and just do what feels natural. Before long, carrying the gun is what will feel natural.
I don't tell, none of their business.
Similarly, I don't tell them about the condom in my pocket.
If I ever have need to use either one in their house, I will inform them at that point.
I don't understand the need to tell other people they are carrying. If I was going to a friends house and thought they would have a problem at all with it, I would leave it in the car locked up.
Since we all have a Right to keep and bear Arms, you should assume that people are freely exercising that particular Right. If you want people to relinquish their Right while on your property, it is your responsibility to inform the people of your desire to exercise your right to refuse entry to anyone (people with guns) who you don't want on your property.
We also all have a Right to free speech and you should assume that people will exercise this Right freely. If you want people to relinquish their Right to free speech while on your property, it is your responsibility to inform the people of your desire to exercise your right to refuse entry to anyone (people who speak freely) who you don't want on your property.
The bottom line is, we all have Rights. If you want to place limits on someone else's Rights while they are on your property, it is your responsibility to inform that person of your intention to limit their Rights. Someone else's Right to bear Arms in no way infringes upon your Rights. It is not up to the bearer of the Rights to play 20 questions with you about which of their Rights you might or might not have intention of limiting while the bearer of the Rights is on your property. If you want to create a gun free victim zone on your property, you are free to do so...there are plenty of signs to choose from which you should buy and post on your property so that those of us who exercise their Right to bear Arms will know that we are not welcome while we are exercising our Right to bear Arms. If you choose not to post signs, it is your responsibility to verbally communicate your desire to create a gun free victim zone on your property by announcing to everyone that they must not carry Arms on your property.
Assume that people will exercise their Rights freely. Openly communicate your desire to place limits on other people's Rights while they are on your property.
I will not enter your dwelling until you invite me to do so and if you have certain rules that you would like me to follow, you need to openly communicate your rules. Until you do so, I can only assume that only normal behavior will be accepted and yes, legally carrying a concealed handgun is normal behavior.
With regard to the OP and subsequent comments about kids, if anyone can tell me that they have kids that have NEVER gotten into anything they were not supposed to, I think I can probably safely call them a liar or delusional. The problem for the OP was an armed guest that LEFT THEIR FIREARM UNATTENDED AROUND CHILDREN. I don't expect people to tell me whether they are armed, but after something like that I certainly understand the OP's reservations.
Another option: just wand everybody's handbag when they come to visit. Problem solved. :smile: