In recent weeks here on ConcealedCarry.com 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.