In a previous article, we already discussed some of the larger chains that stood with no weapons policies in place for the majority of their nationwide venues. Yes, this is very annoying for us responsible concealed carriers, trying to stay within the laws. One of the trending topics is about the issue of carrying concealed guns into movie theaters.
Everyone loves watching great movies on the big screen ,right?
The good news is lots of small businesses are wising up to the fact that concealed carriers stop armed criminals. It is great; why? It’s because small businesses are more aware about their need to be inclusive of all their shoppers, especially to those who may come to their defense if the need arises.
Tips: “Gun Free” Business Owners.
The best bet for making any headway when it comes to dismantling a “gun free zone ” is through logical, calm discussion together with an actual manager or owner of the business. In many states, businesses have the right to designate its premises as “gun free.” Private property is an inherent right that is observed by the state. For example, the state of Texas, even though they require businesses that prohibit open and concealed carrying, the business should display those notifications in a uniform and, of course, clearly visible way.
If the business has notices that it would like you not to carry in that business, for the purposes of this discussion, concede to that request. Starting out on the wrong foot is the most counter productive argument to have.
For those who are carrying concealed guns, I would like to speak to you about your weapons policy. Are you aware that criminals don’t acknowledge “gun-free” signs?
For business owners, “Do you have a handgun on you?” Concealed carrier, silent for a moment. “Yes?” or “I’m not legally obligated to disclose that information.”
First: Respect The Signage.
Second: Discuss Why Concealed Carry Is A Good Thing.
One of the best ways to understand the decision of the business owners about the “gun free zone,” is to ask why he feels he needs one in the first place. If the reason of the business owner is he doesn’t want his business to be robbed, then you can point out that concealed carriers are generally law-abiding individuals that are interested in simply going about their business, and not robbing the place. Criminals with guns don’t need to legally obtain their guns, even their permit to carry concealed.
If owners reason is that the business uses high-powered electromagnets together with variable voltage and current, then you are in Doctor Frankenstein’s castle, and you better leave before his monster gets loose.
Third: Discuss some benefits of added business.
Allowing people who are carrying a concealed gun to come and go as they please through the business, surely improves the foot traffic and increases the likelihood of business. If someone carrying concealed guns has a choice between two shoe shops, then he will generally choose the one that allows him to go inside with his gun.
Both small and medium business owners surely have to compete with the growing world of Amazon, eBay and other online retailers. Even the service-related professions are increasingly becoming Uber-ized. In short, increasing a loyal base of customers is always in the interest of the business owner. Allowing concealed carry inside is a first great step.In addition, nobody has to know there are concealed carriers inside the business. Removing the ridiculous signage is enough.
Fourth: Invite the owner of the business to a gun range.
One of the best ways to get over an irrational fear of guns is to get to use one, especially in a responsible setting. Visiting a beautiful outdoor gun range is the perfect place to get acquainted with weapons. This is also an opportunity to learn that guns are just tools and, in the hands of good guys, they can be used to save lives.
If you try to speak to the owner of the business who has “no gun” signs on his/her doors, then you can create the opportunity to open the business to a new class of customers, including promotion of the culture. People who are responsible for carrying concealed guns are a boon to any business.