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Old 08-15-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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If open carry is legal in your state (and it is in mine - WA), do businesses have the right to ask you to leave? I can see it already, patrons of a business complaining about a person carrying a gun, which I can see the place of business asking the gun carrier to leave. Before I encounter a situation like this, I'd like to know your thoughts. I'm sure this happens, with how touchy feely people can be when it comes to firearms.

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Old 08-15-2011, 04:34 PM   #2
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Sure, businesses have the right to ask you to leave their private property. The open-carry laws permit you to carry in public spaces.

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Old 08-15-2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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In our store we ask customers to kindly conceal there weapons because there are some who dont like OPEN carry. The mature ones have no problem pulling their shirt over the firearm.Usually the ones that give you trouble are the young males who just got their permit and like to show they are "macho." At that point we ask them to leave if they wont cover it.

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Yes...any business has the right to ask that you leave their property. Ýou also have the right to inform everyone you know of their policy and it's anti-2A implications.

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Ýou also have the right to inform everyone you know of their policy and it's anti-2A implications.
While that's true, I feel like people would think I was a gun nut. Probably depends on the person, but it just seems like there are a good number of people who don't like guns. At least, where I live. (About an hour outside of Seattle, WA.)
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While that's true, I feel like people would think I was a gun nut. Probably depends on the person, but it just seems like there are a good number of people who don't like guns. At least, where I live. (About an hour outside of Seattle, WA.)

I sure don't want to conform to what everyone else likes or dislikes! I want to conform to the constitution!

There are ways to get your point across without being rude, but I'm a gun nut and don't care.

If a business asked me to leave because I have a gun I would. I would also not do any more business with them ever again.
If they asked me to conceal my gun, I have no problem with that. That's my preferred method of carry anyhow.
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Funny how that works isn't it, that an individual wishing for no more than the freedom to exercise their rights is made to feel like a pariah by a majority that knows what's best for society. Unfortunately Seattle is a looney liberal ground zero where that type of thinking is pervasive. All the more reason to stick to your guns, pun intended, and protect your rights.

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Default This is most interesting.

One can open carry in public places (if the state allows).
Upon request or by inclination, on private property one can ‘convert’ open carry to concealed carry, even if one does not have a CCP.

The question is; Is a restaurant a public place or a private space?

My memory is that if an establishment caters to the general public, it must follow general civil rights regulations. That was the whole point of the lunch counter and bus ride protests a year or two ago. If on the other hand it is a space that requires membership, then it is not required to follow civil rights regulations.

Banks also are privately owned public spaces.

Interesting.

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their property,their way, their right, their decision,their loss

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their property,their way, their right, their decision,their loss
This. I will not cover up, and I'm no "kid" trying to be "macho". Tell me to leave, and I'll turn on my heel, walk out, and you'll never get another dime from me or mine. I'll also do everything in my power to inform any other carrier of your attitude.
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