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    Talking Open Carry in Target stores

    I work for a Target store in the Spokane area as a loss prevention officer or "Target Protection Specialist." I am very vocal about the fact that Target is open-carry friendly and our corporate-level policies say that guests who are carrying a weapon in accordance with the law should not be bothered (as it should be). I even go so far as to thank guests for carrying whenever I see them in my store. Several of them have turned out to be members of these forums.

    A few times now I have seen a particular guest come in shopping with his wife and child. The first time, he was open-carrying and did not attempt to hide it. I planned to shake his hand as usual but when he and his wife approached the front if the store to check out, he saw me standing there and I think he felt intimidated or thought I was going to tell him to leave (I wear a security uniform, complete with badge and duty belt, but not gun; go figure). He went to the bathroom and after a very long time he came back out and joined his wife to leave... with his gun poorly concealed under his shirt. Now, it is not my policy to draw attention to conceal-carriers so I did not engage with him at this point.

    I have seen him several times in the store since then and he is always concealing, but usually very poorly with holster visible and the gun printing quite obviously. Again, I don't want to "call him out" but I do want him to know he is welcome to OC of he wishes.

    So, I'm hoping he's a member here and he sees this post and stops worrying about the big mean Target cop and will OC to his heart's content .
    Jesus thought it was more important to be armed than well dressed:

    Then said He unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his
    scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.~Luke 22:36

    (Emphasis mine.)

    (Note that the word "garment" here refers to an outer cloak, equivalent to today's sport coats or
    suit jackets in that they both provided warmth and conveyed a certain level of sophistication.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubex DE View Post
    I work for a Target store in the Spokane area as a loss prevention officer or "Target Protection Specialist." I am very vocal about the fact that Target is open-carry friendly and our corporate-level policies say that guests who are carrying a weapon in accordance with the law should not be bothered (as it should be). I even go so far as to thank guests for carrying whenever I see them in my store. Several of them have turned out to be members of these forums.

    A few times now I have seen a particular guest come in shopping with his wife and child. The first time, he was open-carrying and did not attempt to hide it. I planned to shake his hand as usual but when he and his wife approached the front if the store to check out, he saw me standing there and I think he felt intimidated or thought I was going to tell him to leave (I wear a security uniform, complete with badge and duty belt, but not gun; go figure). He went to the bathroom and after a very long time he came back out and joined his wife to leave... with his gun poorly concealed under his shirt. Now, it is not my policy to draw attention to conceal-carriers so I did not engage with him at this point.

    I have seen him several times in the store since then and he is always concealing, but usually very poorly with holster visible and the gun printing quite obviously. Again, I don't want to "call him out" but I do want him to know he is welcome to OC of he wishes.

    So, I'm hoping he's a member here and he sees this post and stops worrying about the big mean Target cop and will OC to his heart's content .
    I remember when you shook my hand and thanked me for OCing when you worked at another store.
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    Why not just approach him and say so? Letting him know that it ok for him to do his thing isnt really calling him out.

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    Is he breaking any laws? Maybe he just does not want to be bothered?

    BTW I will not shake other people's hands, it is dirty. You may be a nice guy, but I would avoid you if I saw you handshaking. And you are calling attention to armed people who some just may just want to be left alone and not have the attention.

    I really don't see a issue here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingWolf View Post
    Is he breaking any laws? Maybe he just does not want to be bothered?

    BTW I will not shake other people's hands, it is dirty. You may be a nice guy, but I would avoid you if I saw you handshaking. And you are calling attention to armed people who some just may just want to be left alone and not have the attention.

    I really don't see a issue here.
    That's my point. I'm not going to call attention to him if he is concealing. That's why I'm posting here instead in hopes of him seeing this post.
    Jesus thought it was more important to be armed than well dressed:

    Then said He unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his
    scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.~Luke 22:36

    (Emphasis mine.)

    (Note that the word "garment" here refers to an outer cloak, equivalent to today's sport coats or
    suit jackets in that they both provided warmth and conveyed a certain level of sophistication.)

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