Any suggestions for the letter I just wrote before I send it off?
It has come to my attention that a recent sign addition was placed at your branches since the last time I visited. The sign is a cause of serious concern for me as a member of the credit union, as well as a Nevadan and US citizen. It appears that your company is attempting to stifle my right to carry my firearm into a branch where I am performing obvious financial transactions. This is a cause for concern and labels me as a target on my way in and out of your branch. Not only are you attempting to tell me I cannot bear arms, which is contradictory to the 2nd amendment that many have fought long and hard to protect, but you are posting a large sign on your door, advertising to all criminal elements that not only is it likely that those inside are unable to defend themselves, but that anybody entering or exiting the premises are likely unarmed, unless they choose to ignore the wishes of the credit union.
I cannot do business at a place that puts its customers in jeopardy, while pretending that this is in the best interests of those same members. Even if we do put aside the fact that Nevada State Preemption (NRS 244.364) specifically disallows any restriction of my possession of carrying (concealed with permit, or openly carried without), or put aside the fact that in Nevada, signs restricting firearms do NOT carry force of law, even in public government buildings not specifically outlined in statute NRS 202.3673 or NRS 202.265, or put aside that you are alienating a large portion of Nevadans that legally own and carry firearms on a daily basis for personal protection; Iím certain you still realize that criminals are already set on breaking the law, regardless of whether you post a sign on your property or not.
The only people you are harming by putting up this sign are those that are law abiding, and choosing to respect the wishes of your company by disarming themselves before entering your building, making themselves a defenseless target. Are you willing to provide an armed, trained security guard to escort me to and from my vehicle while I conduct financial transactions at your branch? I doubt it. This is why I carry and I would not be able to forgive myself if I was injured or killed while walking to or from one of your branches because I felt courteous enough to respect your companyís wishes. I would make my wife a widow and leave my children fatherless because I was not able to defend myself from a criminal that marked your business as easy prey. I cannot do this to them, and for them is why I carry. Criminals are already willing to rob, injure, kill, or otherwise harm the general public Ė what good is a sign like this really doing for you? I doubt a criminal intent on robbing your branch at gunpoint is going to see that sign and turn around to find another target. It actually makes it more enticing, since they can reasonably assume nobody inside is armed and able to stop their attempt.
As a member of the Credit Union since 2007, I have channeled multiple mortgages through your company. I could not give you an exact estimate, but the gross is likely north of $1M. Additionally I have referred many real estate investors and even friends that are new home buyers to use your company because you were a local, Nevada company that is familiar with the local market. Apparently I gauged the pulse of this company incorrectly if you feel that it is OK in Nevada, one of the most gun-friendly states in the country, to attempt to even remotely control or regulate my ability to protect myself by the lawful, daily carry of my firearm. While my individual business would likely not make or break your company, I know of many other customerís that are active in the Nevada Sport Shooting community that would be making similar decisions due to this policy. Iím curious if there was a specific case you can share that made your company feel that this was good decision?
I have generally been happy with the service provided by ONCU, and do not wish to move my business elsewhere. I hope you will remove these ineffective and lawless signs from your business locations. If not, I will be investigating options to move my business to another local competitor. As a matter of practice, I always send you copies of any business transactions that occur at a competitor to you so you can see the financial consequences of a pointless and ineffective sign. Depending on the outcome of this issue, I will likely cease recommending your company to friends and family, and will take an active role in encouraging those I know that do business with you to find a company that understands the climate and citizens of Nevada better than you.
I have copied this to the likely addresses of other members of the executive board that would take a role in evaluating this policy. I will also be forwarding this message on to members of the Board of Directors Ė many of which I noticed were active military for years, reaching the ranks of Colonel and beyond. I would hope that as veterans that actively fought to protect my constitutional right to keep and bear arms, they can recognize this as an abhorrent attempt to infringe upon my rights as a citizen of Nevada. I look forward to your response to this matter.