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Friends, this is serious!

Ever see a "no firearms" sign at the entrance to a Costco? No? When I became a member, no one ever told me that my firearm was not welcome. But apparently it isn't, nor has it been for some time.

http://www.keepandbeararms.com/bruce_costco_letter.pdf

Ah, so you think that you'll just be asked to leave and that'll be the end of it?

http://floridaconcealedcarry.com/Fo...-killed-by-police-outside-Costco-in-Las-Vegas

Or perhaps these comments from a former Costco member and firearms carrier about his experience:

Dear Sir :
As an addendum to the JPFO notice that I received .

If Costco wishes to have a no firearms victim disarmament policy I agree that you should be able to.
It's your property and your right. I am not a member but one time about two years ago I went to the outlet at Indianapolis on 86th Street. I am a male and carry a " hand bag" . I went in and asked the lady door greeter if there was some way I could come in and look for a particular item. She said yes. But I would have to get a one day pass. OK how do I go about that ? She proceeded to tell me the rules as to how to get a pass. After this she asked to see what was in my hand bag. I saw the posting that Costco reserves the right to inspect all bags.
It's your property I complied. I showed here every thing in it. Money, gloves , wallet , sunglasses , reading glasses , medical compression bandage , ink pen , paper , swiss army knife , letterman tool , extra car keys , rain hat ,cell phone , flashlights , pepper spray , two spare magazines for my , oh yes one .45 Cal semi automatic hand gun.
I obeyed all requests . I was not rude. I complied without protest. I am white , 48 years of age and usually dress in dockers and a polo shirt. Yes a persons appearance can be determination of ones character. That is why I include this. She acted fine and told me to go to the counter and get my day pass. I did and went off to look at a utility trailer. A few minuets later two Sheriff's deputes come up to talk to me. { My wife was waiting in the car and told me later she saw the two patrol cars come in very quickly. So I can only guess what your employees told the dispatcher. I also assume that the store could not find one " man " to come up and talk to me. } I won't go into the entire discussion I had with them. But suffice to say after I asked them what their probable cause was . Then explained why they don't need to be bothering me. They went away or should I say they went to your tabled snack area and waited till I left. { Further proving my appearance and demeanor is professional . They had no reason to detain me. }

Here are the facts.
1. I obeyed all requests.
2. I was orderly in my conduct.
3. I had broken no laws or company polices. { I was allowed to enter and the police did not escort me out.}
4. You were sexually selective in your searchers. { I saw different women come in with hand bags larger than mine and they were not searched. }
5. I did not spend any money at your store.
6. I will not spend any money at your store in the future.
7.I let anyone that is interested know that you exercise your right to create a victim disarmament zone.
8. That law enforcement , by court rulings , do not have to protect individuals.
[ WASHINGTON, June 27, 2005 - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation. http://flyservers.registerfly.com/members5/policecrime.com/policeprotection.html http://dial911.itgo.com/

Here is what I'll do for you.

1. I will stay away from your property.
2. I will not sue you for being sexually selective in your searches.
3. I will respect your philosophy and right to only allow law enforcement to be there with firearms to help out .
4. If I see either employee or patron being accosted , robbed , beaten , car-jacked or ass raped.
I will turn up the radio and drive on down the street . Knowing that I have complied and pleased you in not coming on your property to aid someone with my firearm. There by allowing the professionals to come to their aid. [ If they wish to .]
5. If I ever am informed of someone suing you for failure to provide a " safe haven ". I will aid them financially.

Thank you.
DA
Folks, this is BAD! Please consider cancelling your Costco membership and moving it to Sam's, where 2A rights are respected. Don't forget, when you quit Costco, tell them exactly why you're going to Sam's. Spread this around to every gun owner and carrier through every gun and carry forum nationwide! Make it HURT!

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Folks, this is BAD! Please consider cancelling your Costco membership and moving it to Sam's, where 2A rights are respected. Don't forget, when you quit Costco, tell them exactly why you're going to Sam's. Spread this around to every gun owner and carrier through every gun and carry forum nationwide! Make it HURT!

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I regularly shop at costco and I am carrying while there, I've never had an issue there. at the costco I go to there isn't anything posted on their rules regarding a no gun policy and this is the first I've ever heard that costco was anti gun.
Even though I believe in don't ask don't tell, I will ask for clarification from the local manager.
Depending on what happens I may cancel my membership there.
FWIW if anyone decides to cancel their membership they (costco) should refund the annual fee that you pay to be a "member" there
 

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Just another good reason not to carry off-body. I'm not canceling our membership over that. I do like the guy's list of "what I will do for you."
why give business to a company that doesn't want you in their store?
In JAX there is a BJ's and a few Sam's clubs which are just like costco and they do not have an anti gun policy.
I don't do business with people who have views opposed to mine, once a major bank I banked at was outed as a huge contributer to bubba clinton and other democraps, I yanked my accounts and my wife yanked accounts she put there for her clients. I won't support those who hold values that are opposite of mine.
in fact it would be very effective if a group of us who are costco members got together and cancelled our memberships over this
 

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I carry at Costco all the time. There are no postings to the contrary. My wife and I usually walk there, a mile or so, with daypacks, and I always wear a fanny pack (not where the gun is). No one has ever asked to check our bags, nor anyone else’s that I’ve seen, either coming or going. I’ve seen people printing in there countless times, repeat offenders even, and nothing is said.
There is always going to be someone in any group of folks that disagrees, about anything! I like Costco, their business practices are much more American than most others IMO. I’ll stick with them. This policy announcement is unfortunate, but it does not affect me in any way. I did not receive this notice from Costco, and no one from Costco has ever told me (by any means) that I could not carry there. Neither will I tell them I have a gun. I like that relationship; where we all just agree not to bother one another!

The individual who allowed his “holster” to be searched was not adhering to the principal of concealing a weapon. That is unfortunate for him, and those around him, but has not affected me too much. I would never let anyone but LEO inspect a bag that had a “concealed weapon” in it; nor should you.

Concealing a gun and making a statement are diametrically opposed concepts.

BTW, that Sentry Gun Safe looks alright, just not sure how I'm gonna get it home in my backpack!
 

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has any one herd first had from management at cost co that they have a no guns policy? I would not put them on the do not shop list until someone in management told me or someone first had that they had a no guns policy.
 

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My 13yo niece is in town visiting. She is completing her 3rd week with us, and I'll be driving back up to AL this Friday. She will see me do my homework since we will be driving through Georgia and into Alabama. I am responsible for knowing the gun laws in the states where I can carry. She has seen me wear a gun every day during her stay in Florida with us. She has also seen me point out signs that have no legal standing. In order to educate her I let her know that as a responsible concealed weapons licensee that I follow state law and not local gun signs. When we take my son to basketball I keep Baby in the console because it is against the law for me to carry a gun at a school. When we go to the farmer's market she sees me carry. When we go to the post office in the same stripmall center she sees me leave the gun in the car. She asked why since it was just a few doors down. I told her it was legal to carry in the vegetable store but not the post office. She saw that there were only a few stores between them. I saw her ponder the ridiculousness of the laws. We had a good chat about sheep and how it makes them feel safer when they see a no gun sign. I told her that is why we follow state law and not store signs.
 

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You sure that's not just a regional thing? I don't know how Costco's management structure goes, but I'd assume it's much like Walmart/Sams and they give their regional management a great deal of leeway on policy decisions. For example, some Walmarts don't sell ammo/guns any more. It's not a company policy, it's up to the regional manager.

Perhaps that is the case here?
 

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That was kinda my question has anyone asked the management at cost co just because its on the INTERNET doesn't mean its true.
 

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buy the dolly....
Yeh Man! We be rollin' now!

I'm with MamaBear all the way. I'll follow the law, do my best to keep me and those around me safe, and I really have no further questions of the general public about whether or not they approve of what I'm going to do anyway.

Now, since that new safe is insulated for fire, maybe I can get some frozen goods home; have my ice-cream & eat it too!
 

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Member of all 3. Rarely go into any of them. Never saw a sign, but then again If there was I'd ignore it anyway. At least in FL. Out of state idk. Would have to read up on the laws.
 

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I'll go buy the store signs If there so ignorant they don't want my gun I'll just go some where it is welcome.
 

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It is Costco's right as a private property owner not to permit weapons in their buildings. However, I view Costco as being aggressive in their actions with regards to carriers, and deceptive in that there are no signs posted at the store entrances, nor are there any written policies in the membership information I have been able to locate. I have no desire to be met at the door by deputies because some overzealous employee made my weapon while I struggled with the 100-lb. bag of dog food. No sir. I'll not be gracing their doors again.
 

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That was kinda my question has anyone asked the management at cost co just because its on the INTERNET doesn't mean its true.
Agreed. I'm not giving up my Costco because someone knows someone that heard....
 
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