Absolutely, I respect others' rights to set the rules on their property just as I wish them to respect my right to set the rules on mine.
They are free to ban guns from their business, and I am free to not patronize their business.
I'm not sure if it was mentioned yet, but...
What about civil rights? A business can't discriminate based on race, etc. Do you guys feel that a business should be able to discriminate as it pleases? Or deep down, do you feel that a business holds a certain obligation to honor the rights of citizens when it opens it's doors to the public?
While I believe businesses should be able to decide who can and cannot come in their doors, I think that the practice of discrimination is bad for business, and with the advances in technology and communication we have now, it's not difficult at all to organize boycotts or just inform the masses of a particular business' practices, causing them to lose income. It's not a good move to discriminate like that.
People who choose to carry for self defense aren't bad, but it's noble to support property rights as a basis of freedom in this country in spite of the government's unwillingness to defend citizens and in spite of its refusal to issue a carry permit to me in LA county and in spite of its general infringement of 2A. Be the change you want to see. I'm answering from the economic perspective of giving a gun-busting-sign poster my business.
I join you in your superior respect for the rights of your fellow citizens. Yes, I respect the signs that come to my attention by voting with my feet (taking my business elsewhere) against the sign poster, although maybe not 100% depending on considerations of the risk of going elsewhere, the opportunity costs of foregoing my intended purchase decision, and even convenience is a factor.
Like the late Sen., Everett Dirksen, said, "I have strong principles; and one of those principles is 'always be flexible'".
I honestly expected more folks to come out against a businesses right to ban firearms on their property.
Like stated earlier, I am not a fan of businesses that choose to do it, however I support their right. Similar to me not being a fan that political "wackos" from the "other side" say what they say, I believe in their protected speech.
I am happy to see that many here believe in all rights and not just those that please them at the time.
JD and I had a pretty good discussion about this the other day.
Man, I am torn.
I tend to think that businesses that are public (because, let's face it, there are a lot of businesses that are run out of homes, etc) shouldn't be able to ban firearms but then I realize that is infringing on their rights, too.
I agree that businesses should be allowed to deny people who are intoxicated, aren't clothed appropriately, aren't wearing shoes, etc.. if they perceive a firearm to be unacceptable, I think it is within their rights to deny it.
Back OT... The libertarian in me wholeheartedly agrees. Society and capitalism should work itself out. Good will prevail and shoddy business tactics will fail. (Unfortunately, this doesn't happen. Hence anti-trust laws, labor laws, etc.) The conservative in me thinks that owning property doesn't give people the right to take away other people's rights (assuming you are inviting the public onto your land). The realist in me thinks that if given the time, misinformation, and chance - all landowners could potentially disallow firearms on any property. Imagine if the only place you could exercise your second amendment was on your own property. What if you don't own property? Your rights would be tossed out the window in their entirety.