I just received a email from the owner of Mary's (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Let me first start by saying thank you for your kind letter and all the backup material.* Youíre right to assume we had not taken the time to inform ourselves properly.* I had wrongly assumed the low-point beer provision as it relates to those businesses whose primary business is to sell alcoholic beverages would also include establishments that sell higher ABV beer, wine and liquor.* It strangely enough does not.* I therefore apologize for not having a sign posted with our reasons sooner.
Iíve polled my employees and many customers over the past month.* The consensus across the board with the employees and to a high degree our customers, especially females, is that visible firearms on our premises frightens or intimidates them.* The predominant reason seems to be they do not know if the individual is legally carrying the firearm.* The employees have also stated that they do not wish to ask the customer either.* I should also say that even though I am a card-carrying member of the NRA, I tend to agree with them.* Our opinion may change about this topic in the future, but for now we will have a strict Ďno firearmsí policy.* I truly am sorry if this inconveniences you or means that you will be shopping elsewhere, but the majority has spoken and therefore we will respect their wishes.
Again, I canít thank you enough for the well thought out letter and the professional way you presented this to us.* Iím disappointed that we did not show the same courtesy by creating and posting our policy on this topic in a more timely manner.
dirk w. van veen | owner
mary's liquor mart
902 east downing street
tahlequah, ok 74464