This is a discussion on About gun shops that prohibit/frown upon concealed carry inside the store... within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I hadn't really thought about it, but every shop and range I can think of has signs stating no loaded or concealed firearms. I can't ...
I hadn't really thought about it, but every shop and range I can think of has signs stating no loaded or concealed firearms. I can't think of a single one that doesn't. I can sort-of understand the loaded part as there are a lot of knuckleheads out there that would clear a weapon in the middle of store while it's pointed in the general direction of other patrons.
I actually asked a shop keep once about it and he mentioned he doesn't usually mind, but related a story whereby a person needed some smithing done on a gun. The yahoo pops out the gun from his holster, drops the mag, racks the slide and catches the round in mid-air all in a single, smooth action. Okay, I'm guessing that sounds pretty cool to some, but I wouldn't consider it safe handling especially since there were other patrons in the store. Catch the mag wrong, focusing on the round in the air rather than the firearm, etc.
I'm also aware of another store/range, Knights, where one of the shop keeps asked to look at a patrons firearm because it was really nice, new or something. The Idiot (shop worker mind you) points the gun up at an angle and pulls the trigger. Need I mention there was a round in the chamber?!? Needless to say, he was fired.
So I can understand being unloaded.
Aside from Gander Mountain, I don't think I've ever been to a gun shop in Jacksonville that wasn't posted no carry. Certainly every gun show I've been to is posted no carry down here.
Looking at how weapons are carelessly handled by people shopping for handguns, I understand the logic behind the signs. I don't like it, but I understand it.
As others have pointed out, the posted signs don't really restrict you from carrying in FL. Just remember that concealed means concealed.
most of the gun shops i go to here in orlando have some sort of no loaded weapon sign....can't remember being to a shop thats just for guns that doesn't have a sign actually. gander mountain and bass pro don't have anything posted that i see. i don't understand it either, guess its insurance thing or the knowledge that people make mistakes?.....no clue
Personally I dont understand the no carry signs. Especially in gun stores.
In Ohio, at least, by the time we can legally carry a gun we've had TRAINING so that we dont handle our guns carelessly.
Its wrong to assume that everyones an idiot and even more wrong to deprive them of their defense just because they come into your store.
If the gun stores in my area had a gun buster sign they simply wouldnt get my money. Ill shop on line before Ill financially support those who would deprive me of my ability to protect my wife and my grandson.
For a GUN store to have a no guns sign proves one thing. They DONT care about the 2nd amendment and our rights....theyre just in it for the money.
I would simply tell them that if they don't want my business, I will be more than happy not to give it to them.
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I'm not aware of any in my area but, perhaps someone should start a thread "NAMING" offending gun shops and their location.
And remembering to revisit the thread if the shop changes policy.
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Sad they won't let you carry in there but they'll sure take your money if you want to spend it there. Just like everyone else wrote. Take your money else where and let them know why.
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I would not shop there.
One of our local gun shops/ranges has a sign posted outside that states something along the lines of "All guns must be unloaded prior to entering our store. Customers with a CCW permit are welcome to carry their gun loaded provided it stays holstered at ALL times while in the store".
That to me seams entirely reasonable.
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They'd be off my list permanently. I'd NEVER advise anyone to break the law, but with more and more mess happening in more and more places, I care less and less about the pure legalities of carrying.
Keep on walking,.. There is plenty of other gun stores that will take you money while you carry... No-carry = No-shoppy... :-)