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Thread: Corporate security expert backs Starbucks policy on open carry

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    http://www.securityinfowatch.com/the-open-carry-gun-movement-and-corporate-security?pageNum=2

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    Baillie said that his recommendation is that businesses simply defer to the state laws, meaning that if the state allows open carry, business policy should also allow open carry for customers. He noted that it was something he dealt with when running security and loss prevention efforts for a grocery chain in and around Phoenix, Ariz., many years ago.

    "Not everyone who comes through the door is carrying a gun, even in an open carry state," Baillie said. "Arizona has been an open carry state for a long, long time, and this issue of whether we should ban guns would come up from corporate from time to time. The problem with banning [the open carry of guns] is that you start to create tension. It wasn't a really big issue; it's not like every day that people had firearms strapped to them. We would predominantly find it in the outlying stores, outside the main urban area. We didn't prohibit people from carrying guns in the store, but we would maintain a watchful eye. Never do I ever remember an armed robbery in one of our stores where it was from someone who was openly carrying. It was always concealed, because the robber wants the element of surprise."

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    Mike wrote:
    Never do I ever remember an armed robbery in one of our stores where it was from someone who was openly carrying. It was always concealed, because the robber wants the element of surprise."
    I can barely hear you over the gasps of horror from Concealers...

    I thought, somehow, they used Unicorns and Magic Fairy Dust to turn "The Elemenet Of Surprise" into something that, I'm not sure how, is a defensive thing...

    Maybe I need to smoke what they're smoking in order for it to make sense.
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