Here was what I wrote to Belk's customer care e-mail address. Feel free to use as much of this as you like, but please write or call.
Good afternoon folks of Belk!
I was recently told that Belk management was considering implementing a policy to ban customers from lawfully carrying sidearms for their personal protection. To me this is an absolutely disgusting thought that a retailer would care only about extracting a potential customer’s money, while asking them to forgo their tools to defend themselves from the miscreants who occasionally wreck the lives of decent folks who just want to go about their business. I can only hope that this information is untrue, but if my source is correct let me ask you to abandon these plans and simply allow local and state laws to govern how your customers may care for themselves.
My wife and I both have found Belk stores to be a good resource for finding lines of clothing in styles that we like and in the sizes we both need. When I’m in need of clothes the one place I start (and usually end) my shopping is Belk, because I’ve come to find that the Izod and Chaps brand styles you carry suit my tastes well, and the Saddlebred jeans and pullover shirts are one of the few brands that both fit me well and wear well.
I also know that Belk, up to now, doesn’t pretend that “No Guns” signs or policies will keep anyone safe. These policies are feel-good thoughts, like unicorns and rainbows; but unlike unicorns and rainbows that everyone loves, “No Guns” policies result in customers being hurt when criminals ignore signs, laws, and even the threat of punishment in prison or on death row. We can all wish we won’t be exposed to crime, but we know that wishes and signs don’t stop criminals. If these worked, then Belk could put up “No Stealing” signs on their doors and get rid of the locks on their doors, the diligent loss-prevention staff, and any other theft deterrents kept on merchandise. However, you know like I do that this doesn’t work, so I hope you won’t pretend it works any better at protecting innocent lives that are far more precious than a pair of nice jeans or a pretty new purse.
Please let me know that Belk management has abandoned consideration of any “No Guns” policy and my family and I will gladly continue to do business with a store we’ve come to rely on. If I can answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.