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    Angry National boycott urged - guns not welcome at costco

    Fellow carriers,

    I've just discovered that I've been spending money at a place that, if you or I would have been found to be carrying a weapon, we would have been asked to LEAVE! Here is the official corporate policy. Please note the date:

    http://www.keepandbeararms.com/bruce_costco_letter.pdf

    Worse yet, you or I could have ended up like this poor fellow:

    http://floridaconcealedcarry.com/For...o-in-Las-Vegas

    Is the Costco policy a surprise to anyone? I've never seen a "no firearms" sign or anything saying I couldn't carry a weapon on the property when I became a member, did you? I, for one, have no desire to be "set up" for a take down. I am cancelling my membership effective NOW! I urge everyone to do the same, and spread this message to other carry and firearms forums across the country. The supreme court says I have the right to carry. I say I have the right to spend elsewhere.

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    While I can get behind and support pulling ANY support or patronage of a business who fails to respect our right to protect ourselves, I guess I just don't see it as being a problem in Florida. Concealed is concealed. If they find out, you're doing it wrong IMHO. LOL

    I don't do business there anyway, never have. I don't agree with a LOT of their business practices. So, I'm not surprised to see they don't value their customer's safety any more than this.

    Just one more reason to NEVER grace their door.

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    JeepSeller, please understand that the guy in Las Vegas was concealed also, until he bent over. Please take a look at comments "innocent" carrier related to Costco corporate:

    Dear Sir :
    As an addendum to the JPFO notice that I received .

    If Costco wishes to have a no firearms victim disarmament policy I agree that you should be able to.
    It's your property and your right. I am not a member but one time about two years ago I went to the outlet at Indianapolis on 86th Street. I am a male and carry a " hand bag" . I went in and asked the lady door greeter if there was some way I could come in and look for a particular item. She said yes. But I would have to get a one day pass. OK how do I go about that ? She proceeded to tell me the rules as to how to get a pass. After this she asked to see what was in my hand bag. I saw the posting that Costco reserves the right to inspect all bags.
    It's your property I complied. I showed here every thing in it. Money, gloves , wallet , sunglasses , reading glasses , medical compression bandage , ink pen , paper , swiss army knife , letterman tool , extra car keys , rain hat ,cell phone , flashlights , pepper spray , two spare magazines for my , oh yes one .45 Cal semi automatic hand gun.
    I obeyed all requests . I was not rude. I complied without protest. I am white , 48 years of age and usually dress in dockers and a polo shirt. Yes a persons appearance can be determination of ones character. That is why I include this. She acted fine and told me to go to the counter and get my day pass. I did and went off to look at a utility trailer. A few minuets later two Sheriff's deputes come up to talk to me. { My wife was waiting in the car and told me later she saw the two patrol cars come in very quickly. So I can only guess what your employees told the dispatcher. I also assume that the store could not find one " man " to come up and talk to me. } I won't go into the entire discussion I had with them. But suffice to say after I asked them what their probable cause was . Then explained why they don't need to be bothering me. They went away or should I say they went to your tabled snack area and waited till I left. { Further proving my appearance and demeanor is professional . They had no reason to detain me. }

    Here are the facts.
    1. I obeyed all requests.
    2. I was orderly in my conduct.
    3. I had broken no laws or company polices. { I was allowed to enter and the police did not escort me out.}
    4. You were sexually selective in your searchers. { I saw different women come in with hand bags larger than mine and they were not searched. }
    5. I did not spend any money at your store.
    6. I will not spend any money at your store in the future.
    7.I let anyone that is interested know that you exercise your right to create a victim disarmament zone.
    8. That law enforcement , by court rulings , do not have to protect individuals.
    [ WASHINGTON, June 27, 2005 - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation. http://flyservers.registerfly.com/me...rotection.html http://dial911.itgo.com/

    Here is what I'll do for you.

    1. I will stay away from your property.
    2. I will not sue you for being sexually selective in your searches.
    3. I will respect your philosophy and right to only allow law enforcement to be there with firearms to help out .
    4. If I see either employee or patron being accosted , robbed , beaten , car-jacked or ass raped.
    I will turn up the radio and drive on down the street . Knowing that I have complied and pleased you in not coming on your property to aid someone with my firearm. There by allowing the professionals to come to their aid. [ If they wish to .]
    5. If I ever am informed of someone suing you for failure to provide a " safe haven ". I will aid them financially.

    Thank you.
    DA

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    rnascak, sorry, I probably didn't word myself right. Sorry. I'm totally agreeing with you. Like I say, I don't shop there anyway, and I certainly won't now, and I will definitely encourage the few I do know to cease immediately. A couple of them are large business owners and corporate managers who buy a truck load every time they go.

    I was merely pointing out that, boycotts aside, I don't let those idiotic "rules" get in my way. As we've discussed to world's end on these forums, in Florida anyway, if it ain't mentioned in SR 790 as a prohibited place, concealed is concealed. If I get "caught" I'll deal with it then. As a law abiding gun carrier, I'm legally carrying, screw the sign! LOL (or even a letter from some dolt behind a desk with the company letterhead on top saying they don't want my gun.) I'll either give my money to someone who values me, (my usual choice) or, if I just have to go into a business who fails to recognize my right to safety, eh..what they don't know won't hurt 'em...right? LOL
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    Damn! I'm sorry JeepSeller! This is the second time today I've scanned a post on a forum without my reading glasses and completely misconstrued the OP's intent. Yikes! I'm sure glad I don't need glasses for anything EXCEPT reading!

    I guess the thing that really irks me about the situation is the perception I'm getting. There's something wrong with Costco not publicizing the ban on firearms in either their membership applications or at the door in the form of a sign, and yet summoning police at the hint of a firearm. And ironically, the Costco website has a gun safe! Come to Costco, spend your money, buy a gun safe, and we'll have you harassed at the door on your way out. Don't forget your receipt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnascak View Post
    Damn! I'm sorry JeepSeller! This is the second time today I've scanned a post on a forum without my reading glasses and completely misconstrued the OP's intent. Yikes! I'm sure glad I don't need glasses for anything EXCEPT reading!

    I guess the thing that really irks me about the situation is the perception I'm getting. There's something wrong with Costco not publicizing the ban on firearms in either their membership applications or at the door in the form of a sign, and yet summoning police at the hint of a firearm. And ironically, the Costco website has a gun safe! Come to Costco, spend your money, buy a gun safe, and we'll have you harassed at the door on your way out. Don't forget your receipt!
    I agree completely!

    Oh, and no worries. As I said, I probably didn't word myself well anyway. Was in a hurry and, trust me, you wouldn't want to see the results of ME trying to post/read anything without my glasses! I'm pretty sure I invented a new language last time I tried.

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