Mr. Mark Light
President & CEO, Sterling Jewelers
375 Ghent Road
Akron, OH 44333
Dear Mr. Light –
I’m writing in reference to your company’s policy preventing legally armed citizens carrying a concealed weapon in Jared stores. Earlier this year I approached your store with my then fiancée to purchase an engagement ring and wedding band. As a law abiding citizen with a valid Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL), I was armed at the time. However, as I approached the store front I noticed the proper signage required by the State of Texas to prevent CHL holders from carrying their firearm in a legal manner on private property.
I believe strongly in an individual’s right to protect themselves and their family and because of that, I personally felt that it would not be right to do business in your store. I proceeded down the street to Robbins Brothers Jewelers, which has no restrictions on CHL holders, and purchased approximately $7,500 worth of products. Please know that this is not a reflection on you or your employees; only the corporate policies of Jared and Sterling Jewelers.
Mr. Light, please understand that law abiding CHL holders will not pose a threat to your store. Individuals who wish to commit crimes in your store are likely not CHL holders and would not abide by Jared’s signage. As a point of reference, in 2011, there were 63,679 felony convictions in Texas. Of those convictions, only 120 held valid CHL licenses.
Not to speak for other CHL holders, but in my case, I carry a firearm for one reason: to protect myself and my family. Know that I have no interest in being a hero or stopping a crime in your store. The only time I would consider using my firearm is if I or a family member was in grave danger of severe bodily injury or death. I suspect that most CHL holders would feel the same way.
Please reconsider your ban on lawful CHL holders carrying a firearm in your stores. Until then, I will encourage other individuals with the same principles that I have to not do business with Jared.