Episode 7: 44 of Your Favorite Companies that are Anti-Gun

Companies That Prohibit Guns

We know you have heard the news and media talk endlessly about gun in schools and mass shootings taking place in “gun free zones.” In our capitalist system how are the fortune 500 responding? Which companies would just as fast see your guns go away as turn a profit? Which corporations agree with your right to keep and bear arms? Getting into the list of businesses today…

News Shared In This Episode

  • High Court Rejects Appeal Over Ban on Guns at Post Offices (ABCNews.com)
  • Permitless Concealed-Carry Gun Bill Clears Idaho Legislature, Awaits Gov's Signature (www.boiseweekly.com)
  • Justified – Armed employee stops workplace shooter on the Southside (WOKV.com)


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The List – Due to the Various “requests” in the comments we are including the list of referenced businesses below:

Movie Theaters

  1. AMC
  2. Carmike
  3. Cinemark (Century, Tinseltown, Cinearts, Rave)
  4. Regal
  5. Paragon


  1. Buffalo Wild Wings
  2. California Pizza Kitchen
  3. Chuck E Cheese
  4. Jack in the Box
  5. Qdoba
  6. Hooters
  7. Outback
  8. Carrabba’s
  9. Chili’s
  10. Maggiano’s
  11. Chipotle
  12. Waffle House
  13. Panera Bread
  14. Domino’s (mainly for employees, may vary for customers by location)
  15. Pizza Hut (mainly for employees, may vary for customers by location)
  16. Peet’s Coffee


  1. Whole Foods
  2. Sprouts
  3. Safeway

Media Companies

  1. New York Times
  2. CBS
  3. CNN
  4. Time Warner
  5. NBC Universal
  6. Comcast


  1. Costco
  2. Target (does not allow open carry)
  3. CVS
  4. Walgreens
  5. Toys R Us
  6. Babies R Us
  7. Ikea
  8. Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts

Malls owned by any of the following:

  1. Howard Hughes Corp.
  2. Macerich
  3. Forest City
  4. CBL & Associates
  5. General Growth Properties
  6. Simon Property Group

Thanks for Listening!

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Greg on March 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I am willing to boycott anti gun companies!

    • STEVE on April 30, 2016 at 11:26 am

      I am willing to boycott stores that are anti-gun; however, there is a limit to what I can do because I may have to use some of these stores within limits. It’s hard to avoid them totally

      • Riley Bowman on May 2, 2016 at 7:57 am

        Please keep in mind, Steve, that this episode is not necessarily meant to be a “Call for Boycott!” It is more to make people aware of places of business where you may need to exercise caution as it relates to carrying concealed. Either don’t carry concealed in those establishments, avoid them entirely, or ignore the anti-gun policies…the choice is yours.

  2. Bobby on March 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

    ME TOO

  3. Gary Ferraro on March 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I will not give any of these companies a stitch of my future business.

  4. Rich on March 30, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I boycott all sites that require I listen to some ego maniac go through a list of anti-gun companies when a printed list would have sufficed.

    • Jacob Paulsen on March 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Rich, no offense taken…. but that is the idea of a podcast. We’ll work on a written list on our site in the future. For now the most complete list we have found is here: http://www.2acheck.com/the-boycott-list/

      Hope that helps!


      • ed on March 30, 2016 at 12:01 pm

        well said

      • tic1589 on March 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        You guys should research the laws regarding posting (state by state) because in MN, the posting is almost useless. The posting has to be formatted to exact specs, and posted to exact specs at EVERY door. Then, you have to be identified as carrying a gun and be asked to leave. As long as you comply and leave when asked, there is no issue. Only if you REFUSE to leave when asked AND the posting was done to specs, then you would be held accountable.

        • Jacob Paulsen on March 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm

          Thanks for your feedback. We are aware that no gun signs don’t have the force of law in most states and in fact the majority of the businesses referred to in this episode don’t post signs anyway. The purpose of the discussion was to simply inform listeners that these companies have policies and should be avoided wherever possible.

        • Don on March 31, 2016 at 8:52 am

          AND what about malls that have no weapons allowed signs at every mall door but if you enter thru a store that is NOT posted? AND there is no posting going from that store into the mall. Of course if you are CC, who would know? Like Jacob sez, you need to check YOUR state laws.

        • Bob on March 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm

          Thank you for bringing MN laws into the spotlight. MN laws are very specific and allow for a great deal of concealed carry. I believe it represents an excellent example of what gun laws should look like.

    • Riley Bowman on March 30, 2016 at 6:33 pm


      You made me smile and quite literally chuckle when you referred to me (or Jacob) as an “egomaniac.” Since I have never been accused of that before in my life, in this case I will take it as a compliment as it is definitely a FIRST!

      Thank you for listening to the podcast (or at least I think you did), but perhaps you didn’t notice that we actually talk about a lot of different concepts in between discussing and listing the 44 businesses.

      Take care!

  5. USPatriotOne on March 30, 2016 at 10:03 am

    If a Company is anti-Gun they are anti-American as far as I am concerned. They have built there fortune 500 or any Company in my mind, by benefiting from the U.S. Constitution and our Republic and to turn there collective backs on the 2nd Amendment tells me they are Traitors to our Nation. That being said, these Companies neither deserve “We the People” to spent our Money based on their Treasonous actions and direct Commie activities..!!! These Monster are in line with the Commies that want to enslave “We the People”! They want us disarmed..PERIOD! Who do you think built the Multi-Billion Dollar Fema Camps! They need to either shutdown or leave the Country..PERIOD..!!! Boycott is the name of the game from this point forward..!!!

  6. 2004done on March 30, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Another similar tactic we have is MadAsHellBoycott.com that chooses to inform why, and then boycott the advertisers of MainStreamMedia news programs (CBS, ABC, NBC).

  7. R.C. Ehlert on March 30, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Look up, online: “List of 80 Communists in Congress”

    Look up online: “commieblaster.com”

    Find, then watch, the online video: “Agenda the Grinding Down of America” – President Reagan and Joe McCarthy have a message for you, and ALL Americans. You can buy a copy to show to everyone you know. “Vietnam Veteran 66 – 67”

  8. Paul McQuillin on March 30, 2016 at 11:38 am

    To be against the Constitution is un-American and I too will not support any company/business that is un-American! The 2nd amendment was intended to prot5ect us from a Tyrannical Government, I guess this is what these idiots want!.

  9. John Yerby on March 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Show us the list so we will know where not to go

  10. Roland Weisser on March 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I like some of the material you post. However, to rant for an hour about 44 non-friendly gun businesses is overkill when you could simply post the list. I would like to know that info and would participate in a focused boycott, but, I don’t have an hour to listen to every pod cast that comes my way.


    • Jacob Paulsen on March 30, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Roland, thanks for the feedback. A lot of our audience appreciates the Podcast format so they can listen during their commutes etc. We do endeavor to make information available in other formats via our website. Via our directory at biz.usafirearmtraining.com you can also search for businesses that prohibit guns. This tool is also available via our mobile app. For a simple list the best resource is: http://www.2acheck.com/the-boycott-list/

    • Riley Bowman on March 30, 2016 at 6:35 pm


      As I mentioned to Rich above, this podcast episode is not just a listing of these businesses to boycott. We actually discuss quite a few different things in between listing the businesses.

      But as you will see we did take the time to type up and post to the show notes above the list of the 44 businesses that we discuss in the episode.


  11. jim on March 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    All I will say is obama is wanting to do is DisArm the American People so his brothers in arms isal as he has stated doesn’t have any one against him and his hoods. Look at the destruction in other parts of the world where they are not armed. Killing innocent Children & raping women and killing the above mentioned. The so-called law makers in dc are afraid of losing their monies from lobbyist and maybe be put out of office BY EXECUTIVE ORDER BY the DICTATOR – with the title of president of the used to be United States!!!!!!!

    But most IMPORTANT OF — ( ALL JESUS CHRIST IS STILL IN CHARGE) I would like to see what how the Dictator would issue executive order against JESUS. WILL NOT BE DONE!!!!!!! MAY JESUS CHRIST BLESS ALL AMERICAN WHO STAND IN GRACE FOR HIM JESUS CHRIST

  12. Michael E Harris on March 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I live in New Jersey; almost no one can carry concealed. I am happy about the ‘suggestion’ that firms follow all federal, state, and local laws. NOTE: The federal government does not have any Constitutional right to own property–other than the District of Columbia and forts & pots with permission of the state government. The Postal Service has no right to make policy for the parking lots near its offices.

  13. Eric on March 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I wanted to see the 44 company names. I have to listen or watch another video? There doesn’t appear to be an alternative print version, or am I overlooking something?

    • Jacob Paulsen on March 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      We just added the list to the show notes / article on our site. Thanks -Jacob

  14. Richard on March 30, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    i WILL NOT SHOP IN ANY STORE THAT IS ANTI-GUN. In MA stores they can’t even carry gun related magazines!! How’s that for an EXTREME LEFT PROGRESSIVE STATE! Get out while you can!!

  15. Jim Kitchens on March 30, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    When I was shooting in a PPC league we had a standing invitation to come by a local restaurant after we finished shooting. We were often given pizza and drinks and were encouraged to carry our firearms, hot, no less. I love the South.

  16. Monte Davis on March 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    So don’t tell them you’re carrying. They can’t search you (4th Amendment).If anything happens that doesn’t impact you, leave and let them deal with it. Most companies are worried about lawsuits, and if they don’t allow them, they can claim immunity from litigation.

    • Riley Bowman on March 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Monte!

      You’re right, many companies likely adopt a “no weapons” policy for fear of litigation in the event there was an “incident” on their property. But listen to the podcast (if you haven’t already)…we discuss this very thing and make the case that even though they might have a “no weapons” policy, does not guarantee they won’t see a lawsuit brought on. A perfect example of this was victims who sued Cinemark over the Aurora Theater shooting. Also there are very few situations where ANYONE can claim immunity from civil litigation. Thanks!

    • Chuck Troupe on March 30, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Yes Monte … That is also MY policy. I don’t usually carry a gun … I ALWAYS carry a gun, and I do so any place and every place I go. No store, movie theater, restaurant or even a bar is going to tell me I must be a potential victim. This has been MY policy for at least 40 of my 74 years of life … even when I lived in California … and before I ever got my CCW! I carry concealed only. And no matter where I go (except courtrooms and other government buildings with metal detectors) I am armed. And nobody will ever know I have it … UNLESS someone comes in and starts trying to shoot up the place. I vowed a long, long time ago that if I could possibly help it, I will NEVER be a victim, herded into a back room and shot in the head by some idiot mass-shooter … who will usually end up dead anyway. I say, carry your piece CONCEALED and keep your mouth shut … and nobody will ever know you have it. That way impressionable little children, squeamish women and “men” (who probably wear their mother’s panties) won’t be frightened by the sight of a big ol’ nasty gun.

  17. Mikial on March 30, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I’m very happy to say that I don’t patronize any of those . . . . I can’t say what I would like to. Most are effete Liberal ‘Starbucks’ kinds of places that i simply don;t go to anyway.

    All these scumbags care about is money and control, so let’s not give them either.

    • Riley Bowman on March 30, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Mikial, thanks for listening!!

      I totally get what you mean when you say you can’t say what you really would like to say.

      I do find some irony and perhaps humor in your statement about “Liberal ‘Starbucks’ kinds of places” since we talk about in the episode how Starbucks is generally okay as far as firearms go!

  18. Mark on March 30, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I noticed you’re missing all the companies under the PepsiCo umbrella. Pepsico actually donates to anti-gun political organizations.
    Kentucky Fried Chicken
    Pizza Hut (mentioned)

    Don’t forget Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and 7-1; they donate to HCI and other anti-gun organizations.

    Thankfully not many of these companies are out in Central and West TX, barring the metropolitan areas. These are some of the ones left that I see in this area.
    Chipolte lost my business when they lost quality control and gave folks food poisoning.
    Chili’s is always too damned full to seat me within 15 minutes.
    AMC theaters charges to damned much for their movie and concessions
    Buffalo wild wings always has too much drama and fights over trivial sports

    I’ll do a copy and past so I can pass this list along.

    Thanks for the list

    • Riley Bowman on March 30, 2016 at 11:54 pm


      Thanks for the info. I looked into some of this. Our list was more or less focused on businesses that ask us not to bring guns into their place of business, not necessarily focused on businesses that may or may not donate to political or activist causes. While I don’t necessarily appreciate businesses that support causes that I don’t agree with, I do recognize their 1st Amendment right to free speech, and thus their right to do so.

      Also, I should clarify that while many are treating this as a “boycott list,” that is not necessarily what it is intended to be. More or less an advisory about you may want to be aware of businesses that have a “no weapons policy.” Our aim as firearms instructors is to help people be safe handlers and shooters of firearms, and to do so without getting in trouble legally. Thus it is more focused on places you “can” and “cannot” go. This episode is closely related to Episode 6: “Gun-Free Zones,” so if you haven’t already, I would encourage you to listen to that one as well. This episode was sort of born out of Episode 6. It just seemed natural to expand on some of the things we touched on in Ep. 6.

      I will also note that many companies (too many to keep track of and list or discuss) ban their employees from having firearms at work, so that is sort of a separate issue. Although we did talk about Domino’s and Pizza Hut banning their employees from carrying guns, but that was more because of the fact that delivery drivers spend a majority of their time working OUTSIDE of the business premises, and in most cases in their OWN cars, so we felt it was notable to mention.

      Specifically addressing some of the businesses you listed above:

      Kentucky Fried Chicken: does not have a corporate-wide policy. There are many individual franchises and franchisees that choose to post notices and enforce “gun-free zones.” So while you may from time to time come across a KFC that has a “no weapons” policy, there are also many that do not. The KFC’s nearest my home do not ban weapons.

      Ben and Jerry’s: also does not have an official corporate-wide policy. Similar to KFC.

      7-Eleven: The same, in fact I don’t think I’ve seen a 7-Eleven yet that bans weapons, but I suppose it’s possible that a franchisee somewhere does ban weapons.

      We definitely make it a major point that a HUGE fallacy is when businesses think they somehow make their premises safer for their patrons when they have a “gun-free zone.” This is clearly flawed thinking since obviously any bad guy intent on doing harm will simply ignore any such postings.

      Thanks again for listening!!! Please leave us a review on iTunes or whatever podcast app you use!!

  19. GEORGE on March 31, 2016 at 5:54 am

    If I need something from one of these companies, I will buy from them or another company that has the same or similar product.
    There are some companies on this list that we cannot do without in this day and age. I look for the official “NO GUNS ALLOWED” signs on each building I propose to enter. If they do not have the ‘official’ lawful signage, then I will carry and they will not know it unless WWIII breaks out in that building.
    In SC they have to have the ‘correct official signage’ posted next to the entrance:

    SECTION 23-31-235, S.C. Code of Laws
    (M) A permit issued pursuant to this section does not authorize a permit holder to carry a concealable weapon into a:

    (1) law enforcement, correctional, or detention facility;

    (2) courthouse or courtroom;

    (3) polling place on election days;

    (4) office of or the business meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special purpose district;

    (5) school or college athletic event not related to firearms;

    (6) daycare facility or pre-school facility;

    (7) place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law;

    (8) church or other established religious sanctuary unless express permission is given by the appropriate church official or governing body;

    (9) hospital, medical clinic, doctor’s office, or any other facility where medical services or procedures are performed unless expressly authorized by the employer; or

    (10) place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises pursuant to Sections 23-31-220 and 23-31-235. Except that a property owner or an agent acting on his behalf, by express written consent, may allow individuals of his choosing to enter onto property regardless of any posted sign to the contrary. A person who violates a provision of this item, whether the violation is willful or not, only may be charged with a violation of Section 16-11-620 and must not be charged with or penalized for a violation of this subsection.

    • Riley Bowman on March 31, 2016 at 10:35 am


      Thank you for your comments. In researching your laws in S.C. it says (as you posted above) you will be charged with violation of Section 16-11-620 for entering a premises that was posted with a “no weapons” policy sign in accordance with state laws.

      Section 16-11-620 is essentially a trespass charge. It is an unclassified misdemeanor carrying a maximum $200 fine or 30 days in jail penalty. Not a BIG deal in terms of crimes, but the fact is since it is specifically mentioned in the law that you are in violation of a misdemeanor crime for “ignoring” a “no weapons” posting, I wouldn’t do it. This is different from many states where you can’t necessarily be charged until you refuse to leave because in many states their posting doesn’t carry the force of law, but South Carolina (and Texas and a few others) do!

      So George you’re taking the right approach by not carrying into posted businesses.

      Everyone: always check your local and state laws before you make assumptions. Yes, I understand the argument “well they’ll never know as long as I do my part and make sure it remains concealed,” but I can never advocate the actual violation of laws.

  20. Brian on March 31, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I find it ironic that “Target” is on the anti-gun list. You’d think they would have changed their name by now.

  21. Dave on March 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I noted a number of companies on the list are in my hometown but the local management must have enough business sense to not place those ‘free killing zone’ signs on their door. I do, however, boycott any business that does sport those ridiculous signs. I also take the time to voluntarily disarm myself, enter the business, and inform the manager that I will never enter his establishment again until the sign is removed. I am very clear in relating that history has PROVEN these signs attract mass shooters, are a public nuisance, and endanger everyone in the building. I do so just loud enough for many patrons to hear the exchange as well.

  22. Jim Turner on April 1, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    My hometown Walgreens, is gun friendly. I live in Monroe, Wiaconsin.

  23. Edward Henrichsen on April 11, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Here in Illinois the businesses have to display a no firearms sign that is authorized by the State police. If that sign is not posted on their doors, you can conceal carry in there.

  24. Keith on April 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Don’t forget Goodyear Tire & Rubber And Bowlmor bowling centers which include AMF and any Brunswick houses

  25. Penny on June 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Add Kay jewelers and Jared jewelry stores to the list.

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