To whom it may concern,
I took my daughter to your Raleigh, NC location today to get a guitar repaired. I have a North Carolina Concealed Handgun permit and as is customary I was armed. I was shocked and appalled to see a "No Firearms" sticker on the front door of your store.
You must realize what an incredibly bad idea it is to disarm law-abiding citizens who simply want to exercise their God-given, Constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms for their protection and the protection of those around them. CCH holders do not commit gun-related crimes. Numerous studies have shown that all forms of violent crime drop sharply and immediately when concealed carry is permitted. This same reduction does NOT apply to "gun free" zones within areas where CC would otherwise be permitted (e.g. state parks).
A criminal, intent on committing a crime will not obey a "No Firearms" sticker. You are effectively creating a gun-free zone where your patrons are guaranteed to be helpless victims and advertising that fact to predatory criminals. As recent shootings at Virginia Tech. and Fort Hood demonstrate, mass-murderers choose "gun-free" zones to commit their violence because they know their victims are disarmed.
Until such time as I see the sign has been removed I will not be able to do business at your store because I refuse to reduce myself to helpless victim status and voluntarily disarm myself when there are other businesses who allow the legal carry of firearms by law abiding citizens (Guitar Center is right across the street from your Raleigh store and they respect my right to carry).
Your business has been listed on http://www.friendorfoe.us
and being unfriendly to gun owners and I am posting my experience on the http://opencarry.org
forums as well. There are hundreds of thousands of gun owners who frequent these sights.
I sincerely hope that you will reverse your position and order that the signs be removed from all your locations.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
I look forward to hearing from you.