In this season of hurried store runs and last-minute family plans, we here at USA Firearm Training thought it would be helpful to provide our audience with a list of businesses in which there may be a hassle in bringing your concealed or open carry firearm to their premises as well as a way to get around some of the issues you may face at specific establishments.
THE ANTI-GUN LIST
Now as you all likely know, many states in the nation allow for open and concealed carry, however just because the state government allows for something, that does not mean that all businesses must adhere to that. Their rights begin at their own private property, and there are many businesses that do not feel they want guns in their businesses, thus they have decided to execute their freedoms to disallow firearms on their grounds.
To clarify, this may not mean you are unable to legally carry in these businesses. Laws vary from state to state in what is required of a private property owner in order for them to have a legal prohibition. You state may require they post a sign (sometimes a very specific sign) or may allow that they inform patrons in writing or by some other means. Our purpose today is not to tell you where you CANNOT go with your gun. Our purpose is to suggest where you SHOULD NOT go with your gun.
The best way to vote in the world of business is with your wallet. CEO's and company higher ups may have their own political viewpoints, but no matter if they are conservative, liberal, socialist, authoritarian, or Jedi they all agree on one thing. They want to make money. And the only way that they are going to make money is by keeping a customer base happy and coming in to buy. So if CEO's start to see that the businesses that allow guns are pulling in a lot more cash than those that don't, it's not going to take a team of experts to know that a change is going to have to come.
Here is the link to several businesses that are anti-gun. Included are:
- A & P
- AMC Theatres
- BB&T Bank
- Bloomin’ Brands (Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and others)
- Brinker International (Chili’s and Maggiano’s)
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Carmike Cinemas
- CBL & Associates Properties (Shopping Malls)
- Chuck E. Cheese’s
- Cinemark Theatres
- CNN/Time Warner
- Comcast/NBC Universal
- Forest City Enterprises (Shopping Malls)
- General Growth Properties (Shopping Malls)
- Howard Hughes Corporation (Shopping Malls)
- Jack in the Box / Qdoba Mexican Grill
- Jo-Ann Stores
- Macerich (Shopping Malls)
- Modell’s Sporting Goods
- Paragon Theaters
- Peet’s Coffee and Tea
- Regal Cinemas
- Simon (Shopping Malls)
- Southern Theatres
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Sterling Jewelers (Kay, Jared, Shaw & others)
- T.G.I. Friday’s (and all Carlson Companies)
- Toy’s R Us / Babies R Us
- US Bank
- Value City Furniture
- Waffle House
- Whole Foods Market
Now that is a lot of stores, restaurants, and companies. And it is true that in several cities around the country, that these rules do not HAVE to be adhered to as there are local laws that will override these rules. However, as we said before, you should consider spending your money elsewhere regardless since that is your most powerful method of communicating your feelings about your right to keep and bear arms everywhere you go.
Now the beauty of capitalism is that you get a say in a company's success. Yes, there are a plethora of anti-gun businesses out there, and that is an unfortunate reflection of business overall. However, just because there are a number of businesses that are anti-gun, that does not mean there aren't several near you that are pro-gun as well. Over on our business directory you can search for companies near you that prohibit guns (and you can add any that we are missing). It can sometimes be hard to search for or find out what companies are pro-gun outside of the obvious ones that sell guns (Cabelas, Bass Pro, etc). However, considering the amount of pressure put on large retailers and other corporations by Anti-Gun groups, any large company that still doesn't prohibit guns is basically pro-gun. Walmart and Kroger Foods are two examples that come to mind!
We hope that these lists are helpful and that this holiday season you are able to find businesses that are going to let you be safe inside their walls, and that agree with your philosophy about firearms.