I recently was shopping in the Eugene, Oregon Joe's store and was wearing a holstered handgun that I carry for personal protection. I was suprised when I was asked by a clerk at that store to please remove the magazine from the firearm. I was told by the clerk it was because a recent armed robbery had some of the female clerks nervous about firearms. I complied with the request, but asked to speak with the manager.
When I spoke to the manager (I think I remember his name was Dave?) we had a nice discussion and he didn't seem to have a problem with me carrying my holstered firearm while shopping in the store. He stated he wasn't quite sure what the official policy was, but he was going to find out.
Both the clerk and the manager were very polite and nice to speak with, and the manager was especially concerned to make sure I wasn't offended by the clerk's request.
Many retail stores either have no policy, or their policy is that whatever is allowed by state law is allowed in their store when it comes to firearms carried for personal protection (either carried concealed or open).
Can you please verify if Joe's policy is similar to that (falls in line with state law), or if there is any official policy at all?