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What is Costco’s Gun Policy?

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In recent weeks here on we have been taking a look at major companies in the United States and their gun policies in order to give curious gun owners some knowledge about where they and their firearms will or will not want to spend their hard-earned cash. Today we continue that trend by taking a look at one of the major markets in the U.S., Costco.

Unfortunately Costco has had a history of being anti-gun long before the events in Parkland which saw a slew of new businesses throw their hat into the pro gun-control ring. In fact it is one of the stronger tenants pushed by the corporation.

If you go to Costco's website and attempt to gain a membership to the store you will see written plain as day that…

“Costco policy prohibits firearms to be brought into the warehouse, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers.”

That in and of itself is likely enough to make most pro-gun folks automatically pass on the store no matter how many pounds of shrimp you can buy in one run. However, Costco has gone on to explain more in-depthly why they don't believe in having firearms on their property.

Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace. Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This is not a new policy and we do not customize the policy for each individual city/county/state/country where we do business.

Our primary goal at Costco Wholesale is to keep our members happy. If you believe that our policy restricting members from bringing firearms into our warehouse stores is either unfair or excessively burdensome, or you cannot agree to abide by this policy, or you are dissatisfied for any other reason, Costco will promptly refund your annual membership fee in full.

So if this is the first you are hearing of Costco's stance and you yourself have a membership with them at least you know that if you cancel and state their gun policy as the reason you will receive a full refund of your annual membership cost.

On a personal note, the language used in this notice is quite odd considering in the very same paragraph they allow firearms for law enforcement within their walls but they also paint firearms as being unsafe. It's odd that a company, in sending an anti-gun message seems to prove the point that good guys with guns are necessary and helpful in the world but we already knew that.

What do you think of Costco's Gun Policy? Do you know of any other anti-gun businesses you'd like us to discuss? Let us know in the comments below.

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16 Responses to What is Costco’s Gun Policy?

  1. kwiffy March 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    I am one who believes in the right to own firearms. However, I also respect the right of somebody who disagrees with me. If I do not like an opponents position, I have the right NOT to deal with that person. That is my right. Furthermore, I expect that person to respect my belief.
    I have many friends who disagree with me. However, they do NOT try to step on my rights. If they did, they would not be my friend. I do tell these friends that if they ever need help, in such a situation, NOT to call me.

  2. Anna March 14, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

    I learned a lot from your well researched site. Wow, this really confirms how out of control guns are in the US. No to HR 38. We don’t need guns brought into states that have reasonable regulations. After looking at most of the US and the excess of guns everywhere now I know why my family does not feel safe in most of America. I understand the second amendment but no-one needs assault weapons or high capacity magazines. This is a national epidemic and children are dying every day. I am former US Park Police and have seen the gun carnage.

    • Lehi March 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      Anna, what do you even MEAN by “no-one needs assault weapons or high capacity magazines”?

      There are a trivial number of “assault weapons” in USmerica. They’ve been outlawed except for those willing to pay thousands of dollars for storage upgrades and taxes and “stamps” since 1932.

      “High capacity” magazines is a useless term. For some, it means anything more than 10 rounds, or fifteen, or pick-a-number. Keep i9n mind that MOST full sized pistols comes with at least 15 round magazines, which means they’re NOT “high capacity” at that point, they’re STANDARD capacity.

      If you’ve seen the carnage, you know that there are TWO kinds of attacks: a loner, like (well I’m not going to give them the publicity they sought), and criminal thugs. The latter are like their rodent peers: rats travel in packs. I know it would be horrific to face five armed thugs with only a seven-round magazine ‘cuz, even the best shot doesn’t shoot well when serious adrenaline is flowing. (You also know, I presume, that a handgun is severely limited in its actual fire power. It often takes three to ten rounds to end a threat with a 9mm or even a .45 pistol.)

      Finally, what does NEED have to do with exercising a RIGHT? Do you NEED a Ferrari? Do you NEED more than one book? Do you NEED fifteen or fifty pairs of shoes? It’s your right to own any of these and a host of others. It’s also your right to own a pistol or a rifle for self defense or hunting or target shooting or just to mount on the wall to admire.

      Many people have dozens of firearms. I know of NONE of them (the firearms, I mean) that have killed any one. (I don’t know any people (outside of my military career) who’ve killed anyone, either, but the folks I know are not on anti-depressants and other psychotropic meds. Few of them are Democrats and other Communists, either, and it’s from the overlap of these two groups than 90% or so of the mass shooters come.

      It’s NOT a FIREARMS PROBLEM: it’s a PEOPLE PROBLEM! Taking firearms away from GOOD people will do NOTHING to stop bad people from killing others.

    • mike Sr. March 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      HR 38 should be passed.. People that have a concealed Carry permit go through more background checks than anyone with a drivers license yet they are allowed to drive into any state they wish to with ONE drivers license . Why should I be restricted or rather should I say be required to have a permit for every state I enter ?

    • Parley Byington July 17, 2018 at 8:14 am #

      You may have seen some gun carnage in your work as a Park ranger, but you certainly did NOT learn anything from it. The fact that our founding fathers saw the necessity of including the 2nd amendment in the bill of rights goes to show how uninformed you truly are.

      I am a Vietnam veteran and put my life on the line for over six years during that war to protect the constitution of the United States of America and that INCLUDES the 2nd amendment just like it includes the 1st amendment.

      People like YOU CAN NOT pick and choose which of our constitutional laws and its amendments you will obey and honor. Either enjoy, support, and defend ALL the bill of rights or GET OUT of our country!

      Do NOT come begging people like me who believe in the importance of the 2nd amendment to save your ass against the LIBERAL TRAITOROUS DEMOCRATS and the Anti-American factions now in our country when they start attacking you and your family.

      Signed a Vietnam veteran.

  3. R2Hell March 15, 2018 at 6:01 am #

    Capitalism is great in this respect. If enough carriers avoid Costco because of the company’s policies, the company may see a decline in its business, especially in conservative gun friendly areas. However, I’ve never been asked to walk through a metal detector at Costco nor have I been searched. Have I carried into Costco stores? You bet. In accordance with my state’s laws, the worst consequence I’ll suffer at Costco and other privately owned companies is being asked to leave. Concealed means concealed.

  4. Will April 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Whole Foods has recently added a new policy making CCW and Open Carry illegal at their stores. I asked management at the store near me in OH when the signs went up and they confirmed it had just happened hours before my visit (and days after The Parkland shooting). They confirmed the change was brought on by a complaint from a customer who was “uncomfortable” seeing someone w a gun in the store. Now they consider their stores “gun free safe zones”. I spoke to representatives from their corporate office who claimed this was not a political statement and they are not opposed to 2A. I respectfully disagree. This is clearly a political statement. I will no longer shop at this business. Any business that denies me the right to protect myself and my family does not deserve my business.

    • Don June 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

      The children are NOT dying by the hands of good guys with a gun. Prove me wrong

  5. Griff Brown June 1, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    I don’t get it, why would Costco want to keep law abiding customers from defending their selves, all the while criminals won’t even care what store policy is? I will abide by their policy, however, if something happens to my family or myself that I could possibly have prevented,(you know,by having my side arm with me)I will hold Costco accountable. If a business won’t let me defend myself, then they ARE responsible for my defense.
    When a few lawsuits are tried, some may change their tune.

    • Parley Byington July 17, 2018 at 8:21 am #

      Your statement is EXACTLY what I told the Manager of our local COSCO here in Henderson Nevada yesterday, 7/17/2018.

      I agree 100% with your comments and hope that INTELLIGENT shoppers inform Costco and all stores that restrict LAW ABIDING CITIZENS the right to carry their firearms with them while shopping in their facilities.

      When these LIBERAL policies start hurting the bottom line of these companies then maybe they will see the light and STOP pandering to the LIBERAL LEFT DEMOCRATS and their ANTI-CONSTITUION RHETORIC.

      Signed a Vietnam veteran.

  6. Jey June 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    Until they start posting legally binding signs, I’m going to continue to carry.

  7. Ray Powell June 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    I find it interesting that Costco won’t allow guns in their stores but they sell gun safes. Also, I have not seen any signs at my local Costco indicating that weapons are not allowed.

  8. Matthew September 4, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    Concealed – kept secret; hidden. Enough said.

  9. Anthony Ivy September 12, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    Since when did FREE MEN AND WOMEN need to ask anyone if they can exercise their rights? I walk right past any signs I see, they can post whatever they want, and I shall ignore it just as quickly.

  10. Larry W Morrison September 16, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

    I find it really ironic for Costco to say they “want to keep Firearms out of their Warehouses for the safety of their members and the workers”…But in the same policy statement, make it clear that Law Enforcement can Carry…
    to my knowledge, Firearms have never been a problem when carried by their Members…The problem manifested itself when the Cops Showed up with their Firearms and Murdered one of Costco’s Members, ie. Erik Scott!

  11. Thomas Jones September 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

    Such companies want there cake and to eat it too– prohibit carry but not post that prohibition making it legally binding. Note they are attempting to con customers both sides of the aisle so long as they make a buck. They have absolutely no interest in the safety of anyone. If they did, like anyone else they would look up the effectively settled science (see John Lott’s book) and apply it. But again, that really isn’t they point in this exercise,is it?

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