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Old March 27, 2013, 09:32 AM   #26
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I am really crossing my fingers that when our Carry law finally gets through here in Illinois that signs either do not have the force of law or they have to be VERY clear and of a uniform size like in Texas.

You can still get into trouble with that though, up in Wisconsin they can post these DVD box sized signs at entrance to the parking lot of a large mall and nowhere else. Drives you crazy looking for a tiny little sign while you are trying your hardest not to get backed-into by some mini-van driving suburban mom.
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Old March 27, 2013, 09:59 AM   #27
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This is the first I am hearing of BW3s "Gun Free Zone". I really liked that place. I'll swing by my local one here in Missouri and see if they have a sign. Granted My feelings are not hurt that badly as I haven't visit a BW3s in ,,,,,, I can't remember but its been awhile.

I guess no skin off my back.

Regarding the sign doesn't carry the law, I've heard too many stories at the GS and at classes about how business's are not asking you to leave if they suspect you of carrying a firearm. They are simply calling the police and if the LE are having a bad day they will issue a citation/fine.
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Old March 27, 2013, 10:11 AM   #28
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In all honesty, I don't think I've ever carried in our local Buffalo Wild Wings simply because when I go there, I usually have a beer (or five).

I wonder how much of thier profits are derived from alcohol sales, though.

That would determine whether or not carry was kosher in GA before a sign was posted.
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Old March 27, 2013, 12:42 PM   #29
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If it makes anyone feel better. I manage a restaurant in central Wisconsin. The owner recently posted his NRA sticker and a sign on the front door that reads "lawful carry is welcome on this property". Both him and I carry often while working.
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Old March 27, 2013, 01:38 PM   #30
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If it makes anyone feel better. I manage a restaurant in central Wisconsin. The owner recently posted his NRA sticker and a sign on the front door that reads "lawful carry is welcome on this property". Both him and I carry often while working.
Thanks restlessnomad....the way it should be throughout the US.

Far as BWW and 'no guns', I don't think our BWW has any gun signs up.

If they ever put them up, I'll find someplace else to go. But I will surely tell the owner/manager my reasons for not coming back.

Kudo's to the OP for writing corporate.

Does no good to just quit going and not inform the business as to the reason why.
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Old March 27, 2013, 03:37 PM   #31
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BWW could be a store by store thing but the one near me in VA has a very large prominant sign.
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Old March 27, 2013, 03:39 PM   #32
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The one near me in Norfolk has a sign like the one in post #2 - text only, kind of a frosted white on clear glass. I don't know that I would have even noticed it if I hadn't heard about BWW banning guns in some of its locations.
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Old March 27, 2013, 04:17 PM   #33
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I would help them advertise their noble decision to ban guns from the premises. I would write all the local gun clubs, ranges, and sporting goods stores in the area, and attach a picture of their front door in the e-mails. I know I would appreciate someone letting me know of their policy before I wasted a drop of gasoline driving there.
Do so on Social Media as well.

The days of "Any pub is good pub." are over.

If even 5% of their customers are actively pro-gun, they definitely do not want to take a 5% hit on their business volume.

NoGuns=NoMoney cards have worked well around here.

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Old March 27, 2013, 05:22 PM   #34
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Kansas is like Texas in that any "no gun" sign has to be of a certain type, size, and displayed at approximately eye level. In this state it is a Beretta m9 with a red circle around and slash through it. My local grocery store has a completely incorrect sign. I used to work there in the evenings so I know the owner reasonably well....well enough to tell him that his sign was not of the correct type. I also made it clear that the day the proper sign was posted would be the first day of me not spending a single cent in his store and I would do my best to see to it that the multitudes of ccw permit holders in our little town also never shopped there again.
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Old March 28, 2013, 01:23 PM   #35
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"As far as I know they can't make you stop carrying. They can ban you from the restaurant if they find out but if it's concealed it's concealed and I don't believe a company can make it illegal to carry a gun on their premises"

This is correct in VA. The PD can be called but you have to be given the chance to leave. A manager could ask you to leave and if you refuse the officer can only make the arrest if you refuse to leave once he hears the manager tell you. BUT, always a but, the manager can go to the magistrates and swear out a Trespass warrant for not leaving once told. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor in VA so an officer can ID you for the restaurant and they could technically obtain a warrant. In my 30 years as a LEO I never saw this happen as businesses just want people to leave. They don't like being the bad guys and going the warrant route.
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Old March 28, 2013, 08:45 PM   #36
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Plain clothes police officers barred from BWW Manassas Va. Manager in a tizzy to apologize:
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Old April 1, 2013, 09:44 PM   #37
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Not in Des Moines

The 2 BW3's in Des Moines do not post these signs. The Dahl's grocery store I've gone to for 20 yrs and that my son worked at before he became a local news anchor posted one in the past year.

I don't think the DSM Buccaneers hockey rink has such signs, but Sec Taylor Stadium, home of the Iowa Cubs, might.

Very oddly, the Martin Marietta limestone shaft mine in Ames has a sign saying "No Knives". We get our limestone there for ready mix. I do not pack at work.

I just ignore such signs. My S&W 638 is nearly invisible and something as big as my .45 is cumbersome and just invites trouble.

I'm told in Iowa, the sign means nothing. They must tell you verbally you're not welcome.
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