I was shocked today when I visited my local Whole Foods Market and noticed a “No Concealed Weapons” sign on the door. I asked to speak to a manager to whom I expressed my dissatisfaction, promising that I would not shop in the store again unless the sign was removed. When asked if other Whole Foods Markets were doing the same thing he said, “They should be. It’s a corporate policy now.”
I then drove to the other Whole Foods Market in my area and noticed that there were no such signs on their doors. I again asked to speak to a manager, this time to congratulate him and to tell him that their location would receive all my business in the future, even though I would have to drive slightly further. He told me that even though it was a corporate decision, they did not agree with the policy and would not display the signs as long as they were not forced to do so by corporate.
What YOU can do about this affront to your Second Amendment rights!
Go to the Whole Foods Market website and send them feedback expressing your opinion and promising that you will not shop in any store that displays the “No Concealed Weapons” sign, an affront to your Bill of Rights. Then visit your local Whole Foods Market and look to see if there is a sign on their front door. If there is one, ask to speak to a manager and express your concern. (Be nice! The manager might be on your side. This is a corporate decision, not necessarily a store decision.) If there is NOT a sign forbidding concealed carry then ask to speak to a manager and congratulate him or her for not going along with the corporate decision. Here are some talking points:
- Concealed carry endorsement carriers are law-abiding citizens who have had a background check done by the FBI and who have complied with all state laws pertaining to carrying a concealed weapons. We are NOT the enemy and we do not appreciate being treated like second-class citizens.
- Criminals do not pay attention to such signs. In fact, nearly every mass shooting has been done in such a “gun free” location. Criminals choose such locations because they know their victims have been disarmed and are helpless to defend themselves.
- Stores like Whole Food Markets who demand that their law-abiding shoppers are disarmed are not making their customers safer, but are in fact putting their customers in harm’s way by insuring that only criminals will have weapons in their stores.
- Should a shooting occur in their store, they can and probably will be sued by any customers who are harmed, either physically or emotionally, because Whole Foods Market put them in a dangerous situation where their customers would not be allowed to defend themselves and where only the criminals would have guns.
Please take action now! Whole Foods Market is a national chain and they will be setting a dangerous precedence if they continue their corporate decision to disarm their customers. It is time for gun owners to go on the offensive. And be sure to vote with your feet, or with your dollars, by avoiding all businesses that display the “No Concealed Weapons” sign, AND ASK TO TALK TO A MANAGER AND LET HIM KNOW IT!