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If you have a CCW in your state

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by rich0372, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. rich0372

    rich0372 Well-Known Member

    This topic came up on another thread and didn't know what the anwer was. I work at Costco they have a sign out front saying firearms are not allowed. Now just saying you go shopping with your wife and you are carrying which is your right you have your CCW and all everything legal. Can you legally bring the handgun in the store? I'm sure people do all the time but, is it legal? I can't see how they can tell you you can't if you have your CCW.
  2. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    Depends on the state. I don't know CT law. In Texas the only valid sign prohibiting CHL holders from entering an establishment is very explicitly spelled out in the law. We also have some always off limits places in which the signage is not needed; schools, post offices, etc.

    Bottom line is that if you choose to get a CCW then you will need to learn your state's laws.

  3. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    In NV I walk right by them as they don't legally keep out CCW holders. They also don't keep out criminals so they're pretty useless! :)
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I don't do business with anti-Second Amendment bigots.
  5. Dusey

    Dusey Active Member

    I live in Ohio. I go out of my way to talk to the manager of any store the posts a no CCW sign. If the sign doesn't come down, I shop elsewhere. If a sign is posted, it is illegal to carry in that store. I just choose not to support stores that dissarm law abiding citizens.
  6. Smokewagon45

    Smokewagon45 Well-Known Member

    In Texas, if it's not compliant with the states regulations, it doesn't mean squirt.
  7. geojap

    geojap Well-Known Member

    QFT. Learn the laws.
  8. Crunker1337

    Crunker1337 Well-Known Member

    I'd prefer to take my business to some place besides anti civil rights businesses.
  9. Aguila Blanca

    Aguila Blanca Well-Known Member

    Costco is not on the list of places CT law makes off-limits, and CT law doesn't make it illegal to ignore a sign. Therefore, you can ignore the sign. However, if you are spotted and asked to leave, refusal to do so would then put you in line to be arrested for trespass.
  10. Firethorn

    Firethorn Well-Known Member

    I've found that a simple complaint in my area tends to get them to take them down. Usually the signs were sent to them from corporate and they simply posted them.

    I consider myself as having two successes - one for the local mall(their signs were reworked and the weapon prohibitions dropped about two months after my complaint), and one for the local alltel store that's in the mall.
  11. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Well-Known Member

    To each their own: in my state, such businesses have no legal means to prevent a peaceable person from carrying a concealed weapon into their property. If the weapon is discovered, however, the owners or their representatives can demand you leave - if you don't, they can rightfully have police arrest you for trespassing.

    I don't recommend this to everyone, but I ask you this: if we are truly a free people in a free country, we should provide for our own well-being. If we choose to render ourselves helpless, it should be with the full realization of the possibilities and consequences of such a choice, under no false assumption that someone else will take responsibility for our safety.

    If we are prohibited from taking responsibility for our own safety, tell me that isn't a sign we should redouble our efforts to do so regardless!
  12. RoadkingLarry

    RoadkingLarry Well-Known Member

    As much as I disagree with a business posting no guns or whatever whether they are in compliance with a specific state law or not, bottom line if it is a private business it is private property and their choice. I don't allow smoking in my house (wifes got heart problems) family and friends have a choice, honor my requirements or don't come in my house. As far as private business are concerned if they choose to disallow state sanctioned/permitted CCW I'll honor their request and take my money else where (and make sure they know it)
  13. Archer1945

    Archer1945 Well-Known Member

    What most of the people complaining forget is these are PRIVATE business and BY LAW can make rules about what they do and do not allow on their premises. In most states all they will do is ask you to leave and if you don't you WILL be charged with trespassing, which might or might not affect your CCW. If you are carrying correctly they will never know you are carrying. Btw, in Missouri you are supposed to ask before CCW into a private home because the homeowner might not want a gun in their house. Once again it is up to you as a CCW to determine your own actions.

    Instead of the private businesses, who are within their rights to place restrictions on how their customers act, it seems to me people should be more concerned about the PUBLIC buildings that restrict CCW, those built with taxpayer money and for taxpayer use.
  14. CNYCacher

    CNYCacher Well-Known Member

    very simple.

    Some states actually do put laws on the books that make it a crime to disregard a no weapons sign.

    Some states do not.

    In a state where ignoring a no weapons sign is not explicitly called out as a crime on the books, you still may be charged with trespassing if the owners discover you are carrying, but possibly only if they ask you to leave and you do not.

    In at least one state that I know of, that one being Texas, it is illegal to ignore the sign, but if the sign does not meet certain regulations as to wording, size of type, etc, then the sign does not count.

    Edit to add: In NYS, there are no laws like this, and the only place you can't go is schools and courthouses. CCW is very much off the public radar, so you never see businesses posted either.
  15. wuchak

    wuchak Well-Known Member

    KS has a very specific sign that must be posted. All others can be ignored. Costco here in KC is not posted.
  16. Nomad101bc

    Nomad101bc Well-Known Member

    They absolutelly cannot. You dont have to obey that sign my mother has a CCL and CT says you can concealed carry wherever except government buildings. However open carry in CT is illegal almost everywhere except private property. All they have the right to do is nicely tell you you can open carry in here or only conceal carry.

    Yes I am all too familair with that stupid KS sign. I go to school at University of Kansas where that stupid sign is posted loud and proud. I cant help but wonder but what if i have a large stick or a 2x4 cant these be considered weapons? Most of us ignored the weapon part we all carried knives because hell its the midwest and its the only way to open the stupid electronics packages. The kids from Texas would often have a leatherman pocket knife in plain view of everyone.
  17. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    How can you expect anyone to respect your right to own, and carry a gun, if you can't/won't respect their right to post their property as they see fit? It all comes down to property rights. You have the right to carry your property. They have the right to say "Not here you don't." You then have the right to go someplace else and not do business with them. You have the right to talk to them and ask them to change their policy, but they do have the right to say, "Nope. Sorry."

    This is not the same as the government saying you can't carry. This is a private business/property owner saying you can't carry on my property. It is no different than putting up a "No Hunting/Fishing/Trapping/Tresspassing sign.
  18. Regolith

    Regolith Well-Known Member

    I agree with Cajun on this. The owner's property rights trump your CCW rights. Sucks, but that's how it is. Now, if you don't like that a certain store is posted, your perfectly within your rights to not shop there and petition the owner to change their policies, but you aren't in your rights to ignore the owner's wishes.

    What it comes down to is, would you carry in someone's home if they asked you not to? If not, then why treat businesses any differently? Kind of sends the wrong message.
  19. Guitargod1985

    Guitargod1985 Well-Known Member

    I happen to work for an employer who won't even allow weapons in their employees' cars - and THAT is what I most certainly DO NOT agree with. Just because they have a no weapons policy does not mean that I cannot keep it in my car to allow me to defend myself to and from work. Since I can be fired for even having a firearm in my own vehicle, I say screw it and I carry concealed because either one is a fireable offense. So by not "allowing" me to leave my firearm in the car, they have essentially encouraged me to carry it inside the building. Since Florida law does not make their policy legally binding, the worst I face is "you're fired, don't come back."
  20. Regolith

    Regolith Well-Known Member

    Carrying in your car IS different, as your car is your property, and hence your property rights (at least, in theory) should hold sway there.

    However, saying that rule FORCES you to violate company policy even further by carrying on you while in the office is simply weak. If you don't like their policy, don't work there. Or petition to get it changed and in the mean time leave it in the car. Not like they can pop the locks and search the glove compartment.

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