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Possible campaign to "compel" businesses to publicly disclose their gun free policy?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by ezkl2230, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. ezkl2230

    ezkl2230 Well-Known Member

    This report appeared in the Grand Rapids Press yesterday, "BBB accepting complaints against retailers charging credit card fees without warning."

    The choice of a company to pass this fee on to customers is completely voluntary, yet the BBB and FTC both accept complaints about businesses that fail to disclose their policy - essentially forcing them to publicly disclose the policy whether they want to or not. The public's right to know about the policy - and its potential effect on them - trumps the business' right NOT to disclose it.

    I'm thinking this may be a way to "compel" businesses to disclose their gun free policies as well. After all, while the choice to enforce a gun free policy is completely voluntary for the business, the public's right to know about it and it's possible effect on them trumps the business' right NOT to disclose it.

    So here's what I propose: The next time a carrier is told that they may not carry on the premises of an organization or business entity that fails to publicly disclose their policy, contact the BBB or FTC and lodge a complaint. Argue it all you want, business owners, but the precedent is established that the public's right to know your policy and how it potentially effects them trumps your right not to disclose it.

    In the meantime, for you Michigan residents, I am still trying to get the following proposed bill into the hands of a state legislator who will run with it in Lansing:

    Disclosure is the law of the land. This doesn't require businesses to do anything that isn't already required by law. I would rather not have to deal with gun buster policies in the first place, but if companies are going to enforce such policies then they should be required to disclose that fact. If you can get behind this, then take a moment to send it to the state legislators from your district.
  2. brboyer

    brboyer Well-Known Member

    Any such law would fail on First Amendment grounds.
  3. sota

    sota Well-Known Member

    there's a big difference between public disclosure of a monetary fee and your business's stance on guns.

    there are laws on the books surrounding the disclosure of fees that make it illegal to charge an additional fee based on method of payment without disclosure ahead of time.
    whether or not you're allowed to carry inside an establishment and the disclosure of said only becomes relevant if there are legal ramifications. the BBB and FTC aren't in the business of law; they are in the business of monetary transactions. they don't or won't care about firearms legalities.

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