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    Best Buy bans concealed carry in Ohio stores

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    I have not seen any signs posted at Best Buy stores here in CO.

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    A few years ago, a couple with newly aquired carry permits were made at a local Best Buy and were asked to leave. At the time, the store was not posted. To this day, the store is still not posted.

    I enjoy browsing that same store while armed, out of principle. However, I will not buy from that electronics chain. Anyone who is against the right to keep and bear arms does not get my support or my money.

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    I'm with triggertime - any store dumb enough to want to post signs loses my business - and as many of my fellow shooter's too once I get the word spread.

    I would also write a strong letter to the big white chief about it.

    That said - in PA it is not a problem but if anyone tries it on - well, bring it on!
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    I'm not really a big believer in boycotts as a useful means of persuasion, but even at that Best Buy has lots of competition. There's no reason you have to shop there if you don't enjoy the experience as much as shopping somewhere else.

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    Euc - true, sometimes it is not that effective but - and wish I could find the link - last year on THR we had a huge thread running - IIRC it was to do with an Applebees policy - somewhere, but need to check.

    Long and short was - they got bombarded with letters and emails from the huge numbers who saw and followed the thread and - in the end recanted.

    I must check the facts if I can - and better still find you the link - it was a great example of ''influence''.
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    Time for everyone to go into the Best Buy stores and leave them one of these instead of your money....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumper
    Time for everyone to go into the Best Buy stores and leave them one of these instead of your money....


    I'd add another statement to the bottom...how much do they know about
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    Boycotts can work.

    Home Depot did the same thing in Ohio last year. They received a flood of complaints and promises of boycott, including from me. I live in Texas, but I had no doubt that if we let them get away with it in Ohio, they would do it in my state also.

    Home Depot quickly reversed their decision and took down the signs in Ohio.

    During the short boycott period (about 1-2 weeks) Lowe’s got about $100 from me that would have usually gone to Home Depot.
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    I just called Best Buy. They confirmed that the policy is in affect in Ohio. She also said that the policy would probably go into affect in all other states. She than told me that “there is no reason for anybody to be carrying a gun in the stores”. I asked her if there has ever been a crime committed in a Best Buy or Best Buy parking lot. She claimed there has never been one committed in a Best Buy Store (I find that very hard to believe). She admitted that there had been crimes committed in the parking lot and could not answer my question about how a person was suppose to defend themselves walking from their car to the store.

    She was in a hurry to get me off the phone. I went into the licensing and training a CHL holder receives. I also told her she needs to educate herself before she makes blanket statements like she did. I said more before she rushed me off the phone, but I‘m too angry to type any more right now. It ended on me informing her that I would not be back.

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    Bumper -

    Prospector - I agree with your addtional statement.

    Chris is correct. On THR we had Applebees and some other folks swamped with letters, emails and phone calls from not only the folks local to the NO CCW, included from all around the country.

    Advising the Corporations that if that is they way they treated folks in Shall Issue Areas, then in support of , they would stop buying and advising why in other parts of the country.

    IIRC Kroger was another. There was also another grocery chain, that posted this NO CCW and had something like 4 Armed robberies in like 3 locations in one week . Couldn't understand why - the sign "said" No guns

    Granted some areas have more restrictive Statues than others. We All need to support each other no matter where - other states and such in the Legislative efforts, and to educate the Corporations as to why.

    Seems to me Some Corporations only "heard" from the Anti's and read only the "mi-information". When educated with the truth , Corporations can at least make a more informed decision.

    The Story of Susan Gratia Hupp is always a great story to relate to Corporations.

    She was the Dr., whom in Luby's in Kileen , TX had to leave her CCW in her vehicle due to state law. She lost both parents that day. She is now a District 54 Rep, and works hard for CCW and other 2A/ RKBA efforts.
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    As a former Best Buy employee, let me assure you that Best Buy does not, nor will they, take any action to ensure shoppers safety while within their stores or parking lots. Best Buy does, however, have reasonably good within- store security to help in preventing/limiting shrinkage. What it comes down to-no surprise here- is Best Buy is concerned with one thing and one thing only-protecting inventory, not ensuring the safety of you or your family. I have e-mailed Best Buy Corporate with my thoughts regarding this, but I seriously doubt I will receive any response, let alone a favorable response. There are MANY other retail establishments that will welcome our guns as well as our $$$. Say what you will regarding Wal-Mart, but at least they do support our right to carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sm
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    Prospector - I agree with your addtional statement.

    Chris is correct. On THR we had Applebees and some other folks swamped with letters, emails and phone calls from not only the folks local to the NO CCW, included from all around the country.

    Advising the Corporations that if that is they way they treated folks in Shall Issue Areas, then in support of , they would stop buying and advising why in other parts of the country.

    IIRC Kroger was another. There was also another grocery chain, that posted this NO CCW and had something like 4 Armed robberies in like 3 locations in one week . Couldn't understand why - the sign "said" No guns

    Granted some areas have more restrictive Statues than others. We All need to support each other no matter where - other states and such in the Legislative efforts, and to educate the Corporations as to why.

    Seems to me Some Corporations only "heard" from the Anti's and read only the "mi-information". When educated with the truth , Corporations can at least make a more informed decision.

    The Story of Susan Gratia Hupp is always a great story to relate to Corporations.

    She was the Dr., whom in Luby's in Kileen , TX had to leave her CCW in her vehicle due to state law. She lost both parents that day. She is now a District 54 Rep, and works hard for CCW and other 2A/ RKBA efforts.
    I'd love it if Gratia-Hupp ran for federal office. We need more like her in DC!

    Denny's pulled this crap a few years ago. My gun club and several other regional clubs in south Florida used to go en masse to a Denny's with a sign posted banning CCW's. We'd all go in, about thirty of us and you could always see the manager with $$$ signs in his eyes. Then somebody would point out the sign and we would all get indignant and storm out and the manager would be chasing us all the way pleading about corporate policy and then we'd leave him looking glum and go to the next Denny's. Grand way to spend a Saturday with friends, especially after an IDPA match. Denny's AND Blockbuster video were dissuaded from this policy very quickly.
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    Well okay here you go:

    To Whom it May Concern:

    It has come to my attention lately that Best Buy stores discriminate unfairly against certain members of the general public.

    These people are often welcomed by other retail establishments but not Best Buy. These people are lawful citizens who have concealed handgun permits.

    Anyone who possesses a concealed handgun permit has never committed a felony, has their fingerprints on file with both the local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has had extensive background checks, and has passed mandatory training by the state.

    Simultaneously, there are recorded incidents of retail stores such as Best Buy being targetted for robbery due to the presence of signs which state that persons with concealed handgun permits are not welcome. If there is less risk associated with robbing your stores than there is with your competitors, this makes me personally feel safer in your competition's stores.

    You'll find many if not most people with concealed handgun permits are typically lawyers, doctors, business people, accountants, engineers, educators, and the like. These are people who either make use of the products you sell extensively and/or they are people with disposable income who like to buy fine eletronics for recreational purposes. If you do not get their business your competition will.

    Would Best Buy not allow someone in their stores just because they have a permit to operate large commercial vehicles? Would Best Buy not allow someone in their store just because they have a permit to sell tobacco and/or alcohol?

    It makes no sense for Best Buy to discriminate against a group of people simply because they possess a legal permit to do, own, carry, or operate something, especially when it means less in the way of sales.

    There is a Best Buy opening approximately 3000 feet from me. A competing store is opening up not 150 feet away from your new location. I'd hate to think I couldn't shop at Best Buy while I was being welcomed at the other store.
    That's true too, they literally are about to open a Best Buy and a Target and a couple of other stores very close to me. If CHLs aren't welcome at Best Buy I simply won't go in there because there's an alternative right next to it. Their loss.

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    Nice card, but could someone update it from an HR .32 revolver to something a little better? I would love to hand those out....
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