On Saturday, the wife and I stopped at the Petro Travel Center in Oak Grove, MO. It was one of our favorites to stop at, but not anymore.
On the doors was clearly posted NO GUNS. The Classic circle slash over the hand gun. We were about to purchase 145 Gallons of Diesel and then get supper, do laundry and take showers. Instead, upon seeing the sign, we drove across Interstate 70 to the TA truckstop, definately NOT our favorite, but they do not have the offending sign in the window.
Over dinner at the TA, I called 411 and was connected in minutes to the Petro, at which point I asked for the manager. I was told he was not in today and if I wanted to leave a voice mail. Sure I said and I did.
This afternoon I got a call back where the manager explained it was the owners decision to post the buildings. I asked what the reason behind that decision and was told, "due to firearms not being allowed in commercial vehicles." I calmly explained that this was not true and he could verify this by going to the DOT website, and doing a keyword search on the FMCSR and that "firearm" is not in the regulations. I also pointed out that truckers are not the only patrons of the facility and the posting makes them liable if a badguy shoots us and we were unarmed because of the sign. Badguys are not going to pay the sign any attention, in fact it helps them secure unarmed victims. I also explained how I was going to take our money else where so long as the sign remains.
He said he was going to discuss my points with the owners. We shall see.