I allow open carry in my business and while I am not afraid, nor does it make me uncomfortable, I have guests that will be uncomfortable. Some of these folks have lived in this area most of their lives and they know "Jimmy or Bobby" from down the street who is the biggest knucklehead this side of Shawnee. He comes strolling in with his 1911 (condition 1) in a duty rig and they don't want to sit or stand next to him. I understand both sides of the discussion in this thread. Possibly people need to look at things from both sides. We won the fight but the war isn't over just because it is November 1st.
"Don't share my wealth, share my work ethic!"
Originally Posted by Old Phart
So you only support the 2nd Ammendment to the extent that you and your customers are comfortable with it.
Surely you meant to say that you support the 2nd Amendment, but that as a private business owner you feel it necessary to restrict open carry on your premises? Because if you truly mean you support the 2nd only when and where you're comfortable doing so, well, that's just ignorant.
As many of my daily customers conceal carry, and share a like opinion on my stance of open carry, I will not permit open carry in my place of business. Mainly, because my inside my bait and tackle shop rests a beer bar. As guns and alcohol do not mix ever, I will not permit the displaying of firearms along side said bar.
"Everyone who isn't American, drop your gun!"
Sheriff Isaac, "Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy"
This brings on a different angle, but your sign says that concealed carry is permissable, some of your customers should be smart enougth to think that your conealed carriers might be at the beer bar, shouldn't you just put up a no guns sign for the smart people? I hope that doesn't come off sounding as bad as it reads, I'm not trying to harrass you.I will not permit open carry in my place of business. Mainly, because my inside my bait and tackle shop rests a beer bar.
Twoforflinching has a right to run his business how he wants.
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"Son, shooting a gun is like being intimate with a woman. First, you inspect it to make sure it's clean. Then, you grab it by the butt and jam the magazine in. If it doesn't fit, make it." -American Dad
There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die.
I open carry at the retail store I manage. As does one other employee. The store isn't affiliated with hunting or frearms or any sportmanship in the such.
Our daily, weekly, monthly and yearly income is the same. The only people who have asked about my firearm were two kids and the regulars who like to hang out and chit chat. Otherwise, I still see the same faces and new faces. No one has made it obvious they were uncomfortable and neither does our income.
I think if you are decently dressed, and wear the gun as if you own it, most people will probably think you're a cop anyway.
I just don't understand how I'm stepping on someones secod amendment rights by only permitting legal concealed carry. I don't understand the argument there.
In the area I go to lunch we have a lot of LEOs from all over the state. A lot of them are just in khakis and a department polo, but they still don't stand out like a sore thumb. I've asked people I meet for lunch and most of them didn't even pay attention.
"A well regulated flippity floppity being necessary to the voom of a splendiforous state, the zim zam of the people to bobbidy bibidy shall not be infringed." -- fake Bill Cosby
Twoforflinching, have you ever considered the opposite?
Burglars, armed robbers,gangbangers,murderers and other criminals
carry concealed and would never open carry.
This is what got us the gun control laws in the first place.
If I was running a business the sign would read like this.
Conceal carry prohibited !
Open carry welcome !
"Gett'em out where I can see'em boys"
I don't like surprises.
Better to know whos packing and whos not.
The old guy asked, "you only support the 2nd Ammendment to the extent that you and your customers are comfortable with it."
You said, "yes."
That little exchange presents you as hypocritical. That's as nauseating as people who only worry about gun rights when said rights impact the particular guns they own.