The Cash Register--Where Hypocrisy and Ideals Collide
I don't know if this has been kicked around before, but I am curious to know what others think. Most of us here are Second Amendment advocates, open and/or concealed carry aficionados, and general defensive carry enthusiasts.
In Ohio, as in some other states, signage in public places carries the weight of law. These signs are put up at the discretion of the business owner, and honored or ignored at the whim of the citizen carrying the gun. CPZ discussions, do-not-patronize lists on web-sites, no-guns/no-money wallet-sized cards and the debate in general goes on and on.
Most stores where guns and shooting supplies are sold to the public welcome carriers as long as their firearms remain holstered. Signs to that effect are often posted. These dealers trust us in their establishments.
Gun shows are a different matter entirely. Often held in CPZ venues which cover the permanently-affixed notices on the entrances of the doors to accommodate the week-end's event, promoters post their own signage banning all loaded firearms and ammunition on the part of patrons. They further station personnel at entrances to question and search all patrons, and to physically disable all firearms coming through the door with a paid admission. Given that ammunition is widely available within the show itself, and none of the sellers' guns are similarly disabled, this strikes me as very selective in the interpretation and implementation of the rights of the legally-carrying public. Concealed-carry schools, and at least one dealer who sells no-guns/no money cards and maintains a very large website dedicated to the promotion of carry rights set up vendor displays at most, if not all the major shows in Ohio. It seems to me that the ideal which is advocated does not apply in practice when dollar bills are involved.
I understand the arguments and rationale behind all this, so I do not seek explanation or justification, merely points of view.