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Why Businesses Should Think Twice Before Displaying a “No Concealed Weapons” sign

18 April 2017 by Online Carry Training

In a world of peace and reason, a perfect universe, there would be no need for any sort of weapon. But do we live in paradise? Reality is far from that.

On the contrary, the world is a place where crimes are occur every minute somewhere on the planet. In the US, this is especially true. Terrorism has been on the rise since 9/11. Everyday when you turn on the news, it is commonplace see a report of some business or store that has been robbed and the owner or cashier shot or injured. One day it may be your business or shop and when that day comes, you will be hoping that a person with a concealed carry weapon would be in that business or store!

It is very important for business owners to think twice before putting that “No Concealed Weapons” sign in your window, because doing that just might ruin your business someday! Perhaps this is why each and every state in the US now allows carrying of concealed weapons.

For quite a while, all 50 states have allowed people to carry firearms in public in a concealed form in various degrees. 39 of these states will ask for a state issued permit or CCW permit to carry these weapons. 9 out of these 39 states have ‘may issue’ laws, with the state’s complete authority to deny the applicant’s permit if the state deems him unworthy. 30 states have adopted a ‘shall issue’ policy, where usually the state will approve a majority of the applications for CCW unless extraordinary circumstances occur.

The remaining 11 states (including Alaska, Kansas, Idaho, Maine, Missouri, Vermont, Wyoming) have an open door policy by allowing people to carry without a permit. Having said that, CCW permits are also issued in 9 of these 11 states at an individual’s request.

Although CCW is allowed in all states today, still every state places some form of ban on carrying of firearms in some places, including schools, hospitals, bars and public events (especially sports) for security purposes.  

Despite that, a lot of big businesses, including the likes of FedEx, Volkswagen, Caterpillar Inc., and Bridgestone Corporation have refused to allow guns in their business. Their basic argument is that in order to maintain a safe workplace, guns should not be allowed on the property. They believe public safety should take priority over an individual’s right to carry a gun.

Concealed Carry permit holders have actually stopped acts of violence in public places like bars and stores.

In a crowded bar in Winnemucca, Nevada, man shot two brothers in cold blood. Witnesses said that after shooting the two brothers, the man took some time to reload his handgun and right then he was shot and instantly killed by a 48-year old Reno man with a CCW permit.

In June 2016 in Lyman, South Carolina, a 32-year old man Jody Ray Thompson, started shooting at people in a nightclub. One of the nightclub patrons was a CCW permit holder who drew his weapon and shot and killed Thompson.

Displaying a “no Concealed weapons allowed” sign can actually make your business a target for a robbery because they know no one in the business will have a weapon to stop them.

In Illinois, two men tried to rob a mobile phone store by drawing their weapons and announcing a robbery to the employees of the store. However, one employee, who had a valid CCW permit, quickly drew his gun and shot and injured the two robbers who fled the scene immediately. The store manager was quick to praise the employee. Here is what is interesting. The phone store had a “no concealed weapon” sign displayed outside.  

The question is a simple one for business owners. Should you allow concealed weapons in you business or display a “No Concealed Weapons” sign and rely on luck. As Clint Eastwood says in his Dirty Harry movies “Do you feel lucky?”

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