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Voting By Shopping With Your Gun


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.



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. Your 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 (Please click on that link to see an ALWAYS Updated list). Included are:

  1. A & P
  2. AMC Theatres
  3. BB&T Bank
  4. Bloomin’ Brands (Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and others)
  5. Brinker International (Chili’s and Maggiano’s)
  6. Buffalo Wild Wings
  7. California Pizza Kitchen
  8. Carrabba's
  9. Carmike Cinemas
  10. CBL & Associates Properties (Shopping Malls)
  11. CBS
  12. Chili's
  13. Chuck E. Cheese’s
  14. Cinemark Theatres
  15. CNN/Time Warner
  16. Comcast/NBC Universal
  17. Costco
  18. Forest City Enterprises (Shopping Malls)
  19. General Growth Properties (Shopping Malls)
  20. Goodyear
  21. Groupon
  22. Harkins Theaters
  23. Hooters
  24. Howard Hughes Corporation (Shopping Malls)
  25. IKEA
  26. Jack in the Box / Qdoba Mexican Grill
  27. Jo-Ann Stores
  28. Macerich (Shopping Malls)
  29. Maggiano's
  30. Modell’s Sporting Goods
  31. Outback Steakhouse
  32. Paragon Theaters
  33. Peet’s Coffee and Tea
  34. Regal Cinemas
  35. Simon (Shopping Malls)
  36. Southern Theatres
  37. Sprouts Farmers Market
  38. Square
  39. Sterling Jewelers (Kay, Jared, Shaw & others)
  40. T.G.I. Friday’s (and all Carlson Companies)
  41. Toy’s R Us / Babies R Us
  42. US Bank
  43. Value City Furniture
  44. Waffle House
  45. Walgreens
  46. Whataburger
  47. 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.

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.

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10 Responses to Voting By Shopping With Your Gun

  1. Max Johnson December 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    How do those anti gun retailers know I am carrying concealed?

    • Jacob Paulsen December 21, 2016 at 8:15 am #

      Max, I assume they wouldn’t know.

    • edbytes December 21, 2016 at 11:17 am #

      Some states make it a crime, usually a misdemeanor, to carry into a posted location. If your state is such a place then printing or a “wardrobe malfunction” can land you in jail. As they say, concealed is concealed but don’t spend Christmas in jail.

  2. Big D December 21, 2016 at 12:58 am #

    I carry where I want. I have a CCW for California, Nevada and Texas. I wear a big enough coat where it is hard for anyone to see if I am carrying.

    • Riley Bowman December 22, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Just curious, do you wear that big coat even in Las Vegas during late July? Or anywhere for that matter when it is 90+ degrees?

  3. Dan December 21, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    In Missouri carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited store…the store owner can only ask you to put it in your car…. if you refuse, they can call the police and they can give you the equivalent of a jay walking ticket if you still refuse.

  4. Guy December 21, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    I get it folks carry where YOU want but the point of the article is to not spend your money in these establishments.

  5. Scott December 23, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    In Virginia some the stores on the list do not prohibit carrying and have nothing posted stating that they do not want weapons on the property. I have personally carried in Costco, Simon Mall, Fridays, and Walgreens without issue or any hint that it was not welcomed. Some of the business on the list are not located near me in Virginia so I have no idea about them. Before boycotting all of the stores make sure that it is a corporate policy and not a local manager that is preventing weapons on the property. If it is local let corporate know so corrective actions can be taken, if it is a corporate policy then boycott. Just food for thought.

  6. Ken Roe September 10, 2019 at 10:31 am #

    Most of this has changed now. Need new updates

    • Jacob Paulsen September 12, 2019 at 8:19 am #

      Thank you. Will update accordingly

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