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    Big R in Great Falls

    Only the second place where it has happened in my life, but I got asked to leave another place of business because I was carrying a "loaded gun in plain sight" where others could see it. I hate Political Correctness!!
    I walked from the front door to the gun counter and was asked by one of the people working behind the gun counter: "Sir, is that loaded?" He was referring to the S&W M&P .45 on my hip in plain sight. I told him it wouldn't do me any good if it wasn't. He then proceeded to tell me that OC wasn't allowed in their store, but CC was. He said that since they have live ammunition on the shelves they didn't feel it safe (for some reason or another) to have people OC'ing in their establishment and referenced the sign on the front door. "Please check firearms in at front counter and wait for escort to rear." I thought, and most people I've talked to since then felt the same way, that sign was referring to those coming in to have their firearm serviced or to sell it in the store. The store manager told me if it was loaded I would have to leave. I politely obliged and told him I'd be happy to take my money elsewhere.

    I guess I'm just of the mindset that something along those lines almost falls under the category of discrimination. I don't agree with it but oh-well. I don't try to be politically correct but if they want to then it's fine by me. Seems to me they like it better when they can't see it rather than when they can. I went into multiple stores in Great Falls that day and was approached by several people who thought it was interesting that I was carrying, but never had any negative experience until I went into Big R.
    The store manager and the employee seemed kinda offended that I wouldn't remove the ammunition from my firearm. As mentioned above, they said since I had it I had to be escorted from the front desk to the gun counter. I told them that the gun counter wasn't my only stop in there and had intended to do other shopping but I could do it somewhere else. We went in with the intention of finding a purse for my fiance to carry her new .38 in but we ended up getting one somewhere else.
    Guess it's another place in the state that won't see any of my money. Some might remember the letter I wrote to the Manager of Town Pump when I was asked to leave there. I didn't figure I'd waste my time with that kind of crap in Big R since I was just visiting town. If I lived in Great Falls it would be a different story though...

    Just thought I'd say something about it. Have fun and keep carrying, I know I will!!!

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    I know Big R escorts you out if you buy a firearm from them, as my daughter recently did. I was CCing my SIG C3 under a t-shirt that didn't cover it completely. Not a word about it, although I know several employees could tell I was carrying. I bought ammo and a holster while there.

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    Lost me as a customer until they change policies.
    Last edited by abearir; 09-30-2010 at 08:06 PM.

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    did you tell them you'd no longer be a customer because of their present policies, abearir?

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    I told my wife, right in front of the store manager that we'd take our business elsewhere as they didn't offer anything we couldn't find in another location. I haven't had a problem since, no need to go back there!!

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    Always be polite, but always inform those asking you to leave that you won't be giving them any further business.

    Say it with a smile.

    In these trying days, with businesses closing by the score every month, we might be able to change the minds of those who have been weaned on too much tellyvision and hysteria. The threat of more lost business should make even the frizziest-haired Birkenstock proprietor rethink his "principles."

    Helping this process along would be taking the time to write a letter later ( a few months) asking if the establishment still dishonors state law and individual carry rights...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT4Runner View Post
    did you tell them you'd no longer be a customer because of their present policies, abearir?
    I did actually. I know several people there personally and one dept manager for 20+ years.

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    This is only the second place in my whole time OC'ing that I've ever been asked to leave. I don't have any reason to go back into Big R in Great Falls as I don't live in that area any longer. The other place I was asked to leave was when I was in the company of MT GUNNY and we got that resolved within the week. The post can be found on here if you look back far enough. It happened back in 2009.
    I don't OC to draw negative feedback, although it has a time or two. That isn't the reason I OC. I do it because I feel I am my family's ultimate protector. I can better provide the protection for my family if I carry. I do both, OC and CC and I know they both have their advocates and their opposition. I love the occasional chance to talk to someone about why I OC and the legality of it. Getting asked to leave a business is nothing that bothers me. It's something that I let roll off anymore like water of a duck's back. I feel sorry for those who go into places like that. They have no way of protecting themselves from any law-breakers decide to force any acts of illegality on them. I'll still be able to protect my family when I'm out!!

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