This is a discussion on Is this the Industry Standard? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; gun shops around here usually ask you to keep loaded hand guns holstered and long guns unloaded and in a case when you enter their ...
gun shops around here usually ask you to keep loaded hand guns holstered and long guns unloaded and in a case when you enter their store.
There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
We have a fantastic gun shop here in Yuma. Their rule is based pretty much on common sense. See a holster you like, tell one of the workers you want to test fit, and head to the rest room. Of course, you don't enter the store with an uncased firearm in your hand, but that goes back to common sense.
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I went to one of my local gun shops once looking for a new holster for the gun I was carrying that day. I asked the guy behind the counter if it was ok to pull my pistol out to try the new holsters for fit. He just said, make sure I unload it. So, without even a blink of an eye from this guy, I removed it from my waist holster, took out the mag and ejected the round from the chamber. I then cleared it, showed him and we started trying out several holsters. Once I was done, I re-inserted the mag but waited until I was outside to put my +1 back in the pipe.
The other shop here in town, wants you to unload your firearm and have it verified at the front of the store before you go in and try holsters out or what not. That's their policy and I respect it, I just don't shop there. The other place is much more gun friendly and has outstanding customer service.
The gun shop I frequent does not ban CCing.
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In my opinion your question is being muddied because when you used the term "gun store" there are a few interpretations of that phrase.
1.A literal "gun store" would in fact sell firearms and related accessories, ammo and so on.
2.There are "gun shops" within big box retail businesses like Gander Mountain, Bass pro shops & so on.
3.And finally,there are stores called "Gun shops & firing ranges". They sell firearms,ammo, accessories, and they have a firing range & gunsmith on hand. In addition the sales people are well informed about the products they sell. For myself when I say I'm going to the "range" this is the type of store I'm going to.
So, I'm sure you can see that these 3 types of retail shops would have different policies regarding guns and ammo within their stores. And, as with everything in life common sense will serve you best. Attitudes are not well received well at any of these stores. If I have a problem with one of my guns before I go to the range I empty the gun and leave the breach open, put it in a locked container and put it in your range bag. When I get to the shop I explain to one of the sales men what the problem is, he then will likely ask if you brought the gun with you. From that point on just let him tell you what to do and you should be in good shape.
As some have pointed out the signs are there for many purposes and I'm sure the shop owners see it as a PITA, but they have to comply.
Just act as if you were going into the grocery store when it comes to your CPL. Another thing that will help is to spend enough time there so they know you and your habits. "common sense & no attitude" is as concise as I can say it.
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Sixball - As for "responsible gun owners". I was at the range today and had a guy two stalls down who had a laser on his 45. Well that laser was crossing all over the range and right in front of me. I finally had to tell him to keep his muzzle pointed downrange. Not everyone who goes through the process of obtaining a concealed permit and owns a gun is necessarily responsible. Just my opinion.
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Signs on the doors and everybody asks and inspects and looks, with no offense intended or taken because of mistakes that have been made. They ask me. I say that I think so but am not sure, so let's look. See? Okay. No problem.
Mine says no loaded guns in store, you enter the store to get to the inside range. It's also the place I've done my renewal the last couple of times. It's their house and they make the rules !