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Chad
April 19, 2007, 05:55 PM
Another area that needs attention is posted businesses and other commercial entities with anti policies.
We need to hammer them as well.

Stores, movie theaters, etc. as well as things like Ebay and Paypal.

They need to know that their policies are unacceptable and will cost them profits. Hit their bottom line and they will listen.

Spread the word!
List any physical or email addresses that need our attention.

Here is the letter I will email, snail-mail and hand-deliver.
Feel free to use it, re-write it or write your own.

Opinions and suggestions are welcome.

Dear Sir or Ma'am,

As I hope you are aware, the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, as well as others, has
raised people's awareness of the increasing incidents of gun violence committed by
criminals and unstable people.

Along with that awareness there is a growing focus on how we can protect ourselves and
our loved ones.
One of the main and most important ideas that has arisen is that so-called "gun-free
zones" have been a favorite target of the murderers.

I believe implicitly that this is true.

That being the case, I refuse to ever patronize any place of business or commercial
entity that attempts to restrict a person's right to self defense or attempts to
inhibit the lawful possession, buying or selling of firearms and related products.

This is a matter of people’s lives. There can be no compromise.

Bear in mind that government entities are beginning to look into removing self defense
restrictions. The State of Tennessee Legislature, as one example, currently has in
committee legislation that would remove self defense firearm restrictions from many
government owned public places.
More states will follow suit.

Please reconsider your policies restricting self defense and firearms.

Sincerely,

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bogie
April 19, 2007, 09:04 PM
Let's focus it a little more...

Now is the time to walk in businesses that have gunbusters signs, and buy something small... Don't wear your camo NRA shirt...

As you're checking out, point to the sign and ask the clerk (and the other folks in the area will hear) "Why do you still have that "no guns" sign up? Don't you know that's dangerous? That guy in Virginia walked right past theirs. That's why he shot up that building."

Did it three times today on the way back from the hospital. Twice I saw a light click on...

Chad
April 20, 2007, 03:50 AM
A good idea.
Probably more effective than handing a clerk a letter actually.

Save the letters for corporate headquarters.

BBQJOE
April 20, 2007, 12:36 PM
I believe I have posted this somewhere else, but being a business in AZ that serves alcohol, the law says you may not carry a firearm in my establishment.
I post a small sign on the door, to remind you of this, and also to protect my hard earned liquor license.
But I would prefer you DO carry your concealed weapon, just don't show it to me.

Chad
April 20, 2007, 06:51 PM
I believe I have posted this somewhere else, but being a business in AZ that serves alcohol, the law says you may not carry a firearm in my establishment.
I post a small sign on the door, to remind you of this, and also to protect my hard earned liquor license.
But I would prefer you DO carry your concealed weapon, just don't show it to me.
I can imagine it's extra difficult being in one of those places that attract more attention from the lawmakers.

I can't speak for how others will act, but rest assured that I understand how a place of business can be required to prohibit carrying firearms, as opposed to the ones that choose to.

If you would satisfy my curiosity...does AZ allow you and your employees, if any, to carry in your business? And if it does, do you?
Just curiosity...I'll understand if the question crosses your comfort line.

BBQJOE
April 20, 2007, 07:39 PM
Chad, it's perfectly legal for myself as an owner, or any of my employees I give the ok to.
Second question: Everywhere I go.

bogie
April 20, 2007, 07:57 PM
Gotta love the places that have the "We're sorry, but due to the law in this state, you gotta leave it in the car" signs. Got no problem at all with those folks.

As far as the rest of them...

Keep it up. Stop in the place. Make a small purchase, and comment on how dangerous the signs are. "Hey, you know that guy in Virginia? He saw their signs, and he knew he had at least 10-15 minutes before someone with a gun or the police showed up."

Because you know what? People are digging the "someone with a gun or the police" phrasing.

Chad
April 21, 2007, 07:29 AM
Chad, it's perfectly legal for myself as an owner, or any of my employees I give the ok to.
Second question: Everywhere I go.
I am glad to hear it!!

Chad
April 21, 2007, 07:41 AM
Keep it up. Stop in the place. Make a small purchase, and comment on how dangerous the signs are. "Hey, you know that guy in Virginia? He saw their signs, and he knew he had at least 10-15 minutes before someone with a gun or the police showed up."
Stopped in a small gunshop yesterday that I pass in my travels(still looking for a .357 lever).
Next to the door was a large hand-lettered sign..."No concealed weapons. No exceptions."

So I left it in the truck and went inside.
They didn't have what I was looking for, so I started talking to the young guy, part owner.
I told him that while I don't tell anyone how to run their life or their business, I need to give my opinion where I think it will do some good. And that I would not have been able to buy the rifle if he had stocked it, due to the sign outside, which I found somewhat hypocritical and definitely dangerous from my perspective.

He didn't say much...the most telling reaction was his raised eyebrows look of surprise when he understood what I was saying.

It was a calm, friendly conversation that I hope did some good.

Chad
April 21, 2007, 09:22 AM
Addresses and info:

eBay Headquarters:

eBay Inc.
2145 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, California 95125

PayPal Headquarters:

eBay Park North
2211 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95131
************
Regal Cinemas
Regal Entertainment Group
7132 Regal Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37918

AMC Theatres
P.O. Box 725489
Atlanta, GA 31139-9923
************
Jared's Galleria of Jewelry
This one surprised me, and considering the parent company is based in London I despair of them ever changing their policies. I sent the letter anyway.
They also own Kay Jewelers, which I have never noticed being posted.

Sterling Jewelers Inc.
375 Ghent Road
Akron, OH 44333

www.signetgroupplc.com.
www.signetgroupplc.co.uk
*************

Send your letters!
Post other addresses as you find them.

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