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6 Companies That Don’t Want Your Firearms Near Them – And How You Can Replace Them


There’s obviously far more companies and chains that have made the decision to ban law abiding citizens with firearms into their establishments – but we’ve decided to highlight six.  Yes, just six.  Six places we see all too often and may have even frequented but are sad to learn that they do not share our enthusiasm for the Second Amendment.

Just to be clear – most of these companies are operated franchises so some locations may have their own set of rules.  Always follow state and local ordinances where they apply and if you see signage, obey it or shop elsewhere.

1.  “Gun Free” Culprit #1:  IKEA – “Vad?! Varför?”

The land of a thousand miniature torque wrenches, trendy chic particle board furniture, and cheap plastic cups has long kept this standing policy.  In IKEA’s round, Swedish meatball eyes, there never be a need for man or woman to shop there armed.   As of March, 2013, IKEA has been on record as saying guns are not permitted in their stores.

Just as good, really.  You’d be better off checking out a DIY series on building your own IKEA furniture from scratch.  Best of all, it probably lasts longer.

2.  Qdoba Mexican Grill – And Sometimes Chipotle?

You can order a burrito the size of your child’s leg but you can’t do it with a concealed carry firearm on your hip.  At least not at Qdoba Mexican Grill.   We’re waiting for official confirmation back from Jack In The Box (who owns Qdoba).

We’ve also unfortunately discovered some Chipotle locations are asking (but not outright prohibiting) firearms.  This all took place back in 2014 and it seems that most locations leave it up to local and state law.

Do you want to make a Chipotle style barbecue chicken burrito?  Well, if you did – you’ll need to make the following (it’s super easy AND delicious and we’ve included all the relevant recipes here):

Best of all?  No more getting nickeled and dimed for extra guacamole or meat.  Make your own burrito and eat it with your gun strapped to your hip – like an American!

3.  “Welcome To Costco, We Love You!” – Not So Much

For big families or people who just like to pick up their groceries in bulk – Costco offers a great membership deal that allows you to cruise your way to bulk grocery bliss.  Unfortunately, that also comes with a disclaimer: they don’t like you carrying firearms in their store.  It’s an unfortunate fact about this establishment.

What’s the alternative?  I guess it’s Sam’s Club.  While there have been isolated incidences of unarmed security contractors getting a big froggy, there hasn’t been any confirmed reports of them outright prohibiting firearms in their establishment.  Is Sam’s Club better than Costco?  Eh…  That’s a personal call (like everything on this page).

4.  AMC Theaters – Just Make Sure The Back Theater Doors Are Secure, Alright?

AMC has outright said in its Code of Conduct policy that “carrying or displaying weapons of any kind, real or toy” is ground for immediate removal from AMC property without a refund.

Unfortunately, AMC theater attendees somehow missed a man in body armor carrying three firearms into a crowded theater in Aurora.  That policy obviously only applies to law-abiding citizens not bent on mass murder.

Alternative:  Any other theater that isn’t a designated ‘gun free zone’.  Or wait for it to hit streaming media and make your own delicious popcorn recipe.  Hint: make your own theater popcorn by popping it in coconut oil.


Heck, you could even get fancy with it and set up a white sheet in the backyard and project the movie onto it and enjoy this fine summer weather we’re having.  No limits on refills!

5.  Simon Malls – Because You Haven’t Heard Of Amazon?


Stores in malls across the United States are closing at record speeds.  Mall conglomerates such as Simon Malls represent a growing number of locations that are tactly classified as “gun free” by policy.  That doesn’t stop horrific events from unfolding there.

While plenty of people love to get holiday shopping done at Simon Malls locations, be aware that they’re not really keen on you being armed.  Their unarmed security will not, however, escort you about the location ensuring that a criminal doesn’t take your holiday gifts off your hands before you make it to the car.

Alternative:  Shop local.  There are a lot of great clothing, furniture, and shoe stores that operate in locations that don’t restrict you.  Look around and maybe discover a new style or fashion you hadn’t before considered.  Or, you know, shop online?

6.  Whole Foods – What’s Not To Love About This One?!

The CEO of Whole Foods admits to overcharging his customers.  It’s almost part of the whole (no pun intended) plan.  You walk into a beautifully decorated, chic grocery store that promises all the mantras of “sustainability” and “organic” culture and it turns out it’s the same rubbish they sell at every other grocery store – just more expensive.

Well, as Second Amendment Check found out, apparently they also don’t allow ANYONE to have firearms except law enforcement.  This means employees, customers, people dropping off the food that customers will later be overcharged for – everyone.  That’s great to know for criminals in the area.  And in Framingham, Massachusetts, that’s exactly what one criminal took advantage of.

AlternativeFARMER’S MARKETS!!!  If you want the authentic experience of actually shopping locally and sustainably, you could always head on down to the local farmer’s market on Saturday or Sunday.  Sure, it may not be as convenient, but you’re guaranteed to get a better deal for your money and the food probably tastes better.

In conclusion: if you see a “gun free policy”, find an alternative.  If you find an alternative, post it up on here so we all know about it.  It’s important to promote healthy, sustainable business practices – and making your customers sitting ducks isn’t one of them.

If you want a company to change its policy, the easiest thing to do is leverage what you DO have – their competition and your OWN creative ingenuity.

The best way to protest a company’s decision to not honor your right to carry your concealed firearm into their establishment is to stop doing business with them.  With over 16 million+ concealed carriers out there in the United States, that’s a big hit to the wallet.  So, let your concealed carry friends know exactly what businesses support your right to self-defenseand which ones don’t.

There is always another business which will gladly take your money for equally as good (if not better) product.

Categories: General, Politics
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GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun…

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

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  • dragos111

    Costco might have a “policy” against it on their books, but they do not have the necessary “no Berettas” sign posted at their entrance. They might talk tough, but they do not follow through properly. I feel free to walk through their doorways carrying. It must be posted to be enforcable.

    • Michael R

      It’s a private club, and as part of that you agree to follow club rules.

      • thebeeishorrid

        I’ll get right on that…

        • Michael R

          Though why you would want to support a company like that is beyond me.

          If they don’t want your business, why give it to them?

          • Mruss

            Price and my convenience.

            I’m not about to be forced to pay more and go out of my way (more cost in gas) running around to find a particular product I want at an alternative ‘gun friendly’ hardware store. Now some places, like Starbucks and Panera Bread, are so egregious gun-owner haters that I do refuse to do any business there, regardless. We do need to make judgment calls regarding cases like these.
            But if policy, or even posted signs, have no force of law, then I’m doing what’s in my best interest.

          • Michael R

            Actually Starbucks, and Panera are more gun friendly than Costco.

            Costco prohibits ALL firearms. Starbucks and Panera only prohibit openly carried firearms.

            I guess some people are fine selling out their principles and beliefs to save a few bucks on an inferior product.

          • Rogue Reflections

            Starbucks has made no official “prohibition” on openly carried firearms.

          • ABeagleKnots

            I haven’t seen any evidence that Costco’s position on firearms is a policy prohibiting them.

          • Michael R

            then you’re an idiot.

      • KestrelBike

        Any local manager would be an *idiot* to kick a member out if their concealment printed or something like that, and make that member choose between their membership and their ability to carry wherever the hell they wanted, unwritten-corporate-policy or not.

        • Michael R

          Except Costco’s already done that.

        • Michael R

          And it’s not unwritten corporate policy.

          From the Costco Website:

          “Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace. Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This is not a new policy and we do not customize the policy for each individual city/county/state/country where we do business.”

          • dragos111

            But, again, how many people have any clue what their corporate policy is? The law here states that, if a business wants to keep concealed carriers out, they must post the sign in a conspicuous location. Failing that, you can walk in. After that, if they ask you to leave, you leave. But, if the sign is not posted, you are free to walk in the door.

          • ABeagleKnots

            “We believe” without any prohibition is not a “policy”, it’s a PR statement.

          • Michael R

            No, that’s the corporate policy.

      • dragos111

        If they do not post the rules, there is nothing to adhere to. They must have the official sign (in Illinois anyway) to keep a concealed carrier from carrying inside. Once in, if someone were to notice your weapon and then they asked you to leave, you would have to comply. But, up until that point, if there is no sign, there is nothing to keep you out.

        • Michael R

          The rules are posted.

          When you signed that document you stated you read and understood ALL of Costco’s rules.

          But if you want to give your money to anti-gun groups you’re welcome to. Personally I won’t go anywhere that doesn’t want my money.

    • Chris Lee

      Agreed, Costco’s around here fail to adhere to the conspicuous sign placement as required by State law. Sad to say for Costco, but some news articles and internal emails don’t constitute the law. So I’ll gladly carry into my local Costco and have been doing so since I acquired my permit.

  • Massolo

    I carry concealed in Oregon, so I know the most that they can do to me if they found out I was carrying, would be to ask me to leave. Not that I go to those places anyway, but I never read the signs in the window, unless it proclaimed something stupid like “Gun Free Zone”. Then I’d back-out real careful with my head on a swivel, as I’d know predators would be about looking to “feed”.

  • RN

    Where I live, a no firearms sign on the door is a rule for that company not a law. Therefore, I carry in to these places and if asked to leave, I will leave and never return.

    • manstrom

      Illinois would take your permit forever.

      • RN

        Luckily I don’t live Illinois.

    • 58sniper

      Same as MI

  • thebeeishorrid

    This is ridiculous! Carry anyway! Who gives a rat’s ass what their policy is. It’s a policy, not a law!

  • Jon B

    I’ve open carried into my costco in Grandville, MI. Shopped for about 40 minutes with no issues. Passed many store employees along the way. Will do it again and again until told otherwise.

  • Gatrmom

    My question is….if you have a concealed weapons permit and you carry a “concealed” firearm, how would they know if you have one or not? I carry mine regardless. Unless they search me, they will never know. Ugh…foolish people.

  • SickandTired

    If the sign is posted I comply out of respect to the business. They don’t respect my Rights, I don’t WANT to do business there! As to Costco, they have done some other things to people in regard to books and such that were inappropriate. As well as harassed some gun owners about carrying in some locations. So I quit being a member there as well a couple years ago! I am NOT going to Support Anti-Second Amendment Corporations, who in turn Donate and support efforts to disarm America at every turn! That is idiotic on its face!

  • Tyler London

    Dont forget Starbucks. To make your own, look up an article I posted several places titled, “Screw Starbucks- Make Your Own For Less!”

  • FiftycalTX

    Had a Costco membership. Found out about the “no gunz” policy about 2 weeks before the membership expired. Told mgmt. I wanted a refund. They gave me a full refund. Since they don’t display the correct Texas “no gunz” sign, I ignored the “policy” and re-upped later.

  • LilD_in_big_D

    Simple. If there is not a 30.06 sign posted within the U.S Legal Code at the entrances, I don’t give a Rats ASS if they don’t want or like it. I’l shop where I chose. Best they got is sorry Dude, ya gotta leave the store. THEN I’l find another place to shop. JMHO..

    • Jim Screws

      Concealed means concealed! Carry on…………..

      • Bob in Calif


    • mdak06

      30.06 signs are only a Texas thing AFAIK.

      State laws vary re: whether or not going into a company-declared “gun free zone” is simply a policy that can be enforced just by kicking you out, or something that can get you an additional criminal penalty. If there’s no additional criminal penalty, the most the state can get you for is trespassing, and I think that’s only if the business asks you to leave and you refuse.

  • James Maxwell

    Don’t ever remember seeing signs at any of the Walmart I’ve been to

  • dan

    Concealed carry every where…no problems, for anybody…also the smart thing to do…your personal safety does NOT require you to ‘flaunt a weapon’…..and YOUR 2A is still honored…by YOU…..imho ……semper Fi

  • AlwaysWatching

    As for CostCo, they may have a policy, but I’ve never seen any signage, at least in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho where I live and work. Since I generally CC instead of OC, they have no way of knowing anyway.

    • Rick Smith

      They do post in Nevada. The stores in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Vegas all have a large sign posted at the entry that states, “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED ON PREMISES”

    • Daniel Leblanc

      Signage huh? You mean the post office has them little “no beretta 92’s allowed” stickers on their front doors? It doesn’t matter about signage or not. As a private business, they (the dingbats that make the calls) can make decisions as to what they will allow on their property. Wether or not they post, well tricky. They wanna ban guns from the property that’s their choice. In Costco’s regards, they ban it by policy when you sign up ( you really really should ALWAYS read the fine print) but don’t advertise on the doors. Even if they do not advertise the “helpless sheep” signs I’m sure as hell not gonna support a company that is willing to reach in my wallet but prohibits me from protecting myself and my family as I have trained and prepared to do. I don’t care if it’s posted or not I’m not gonna spend my money there. Don’t care if it’s a few “pennies” cheaper.

  • Theophilous

    I live in CT. Stop and Shop grocery store has a no guns policy posted at their entrances. I wrote to the corporation to say that as long as they have that policy, I will not shop at their store and will encourage everyone I know to not shop there either. I received an email back saying that they would welcome my business as long as I was unarmed.

    I encourage everyone to boycott Stop and Shop.

    • Jim Dean

      Reply to them and thank them for taking full responsibility for your (and anyone else’s) security and let them know that you fully intend to share that information the first time you see someone get shot inside one of their stores. The lawsuit could break them.

      • Sumner_Vengeance

        Does that work? Has anyone ever successfully sued because they were prohibited from carrying and were then attacked due to lax / no security?

        (Hoping for a yes…)

        • Adam Mist

          Yes, Wal-Mart got sued for that and lost. I remember reading about it.

          • manstrom

            I hope you are right but reading about it doesn’t make it so. Do you have a source for this or is it just your memory? Not trying to be insulting but we should always post references to stories we have read.

          • Adam Mist

            Your right, I tried to look it up before I wrote that but couldn’t find any info. I read it a least a couple of years ago. Outcome was thst Wal-Mart reversed it’s policy in the store on concealed carry. He got jumped in the parking lot, not inside the store. Unfortunately I can’t find the article now. I assume it was true.

          • Sumner_Vengeance

            Thanks, searched but couldn’t find it yet. Will keep looking.

          • Adam Mist

            I did read it, but couldn’t find it either. The article could have been untrue, or hushed up by Walmart, or buried deep. If you google something like Wal-Mart crime, you get pages and pages of results.

  • Jared A. Chambers

    I know this causes heartburn for open carriers and residents of Texas, who for all their gun rights braggadocio, will actually prosecute you for carrying where a private business days not to, but my answer is simple: I carry concealed and ignore rules against. If you find out I am carrying because I off a bad guy, then, oh well, you can ask me to leave. If we stop patronizing places because private rules say not to, one day we’ll find we have nowhere we can go. I won’t remove myself from polite society… That’s what they want.

    • ABeagleKnots

      How often are there prosecutions for merely carrying in a business that prohibited it? Has it ever happened in Texas?

      • Jared A. Chambers

        Good question. It’s probably rare to negligible, I’m sure. But, the risk of actually committing a “gun crime” is too high for most of us. Thus, in a place like Texas where there are legal ramifications for ignoring a private “weapons prohibited” sign, most of us would dutifully follow those instructions.
        But here in Georgia, as with most states, they can’t do a thing other than ask you to leave. If I engage someone with my concealed gun by necessity, I’m probably done with that Costco trip, anyway! I’ll go anywhere I please, because it’s not their business what I have in my pants!

        • Kelin Jones

          All that one can be charged with in Texas is criminal trespass if one does not leave when asked. The only places that carry a higher penalty are those that are specifically prohibited in the penal code, ie those listed or those that have the 30.06 signage posted legally.

  • armed grandpappy

    Simon Properties: Dillards refuses to put the big “NO GUNS” sign on the doors so I always enter thru there at Towne West in Wichita KS. Open carry. Walked all the we through the mall, ate lunch in the food court, no problem.

  • Kim Bailey

    Well as ALL. citizens, in Arizona, have the exact same powers of arrest as an on duty officer, under 13-3884, how does your corporate regulation fare against actual laws ?? When my own doctor posted the sign claiming to restrict weapons, I asked when he went into the bar business…….see, you CAN get away with it, if your an on-sale bar. He took down the sign……….know the LAW in your state folks……….

  • Andy Wolf

    This article was terribly written and provided little solid argument ground for convincing others to follow suit.

  • Teddy

    Don’t shop or eat with any of those and don’t go to AMC movies. So they never got any of my money and they never will.

  • Peter

    Do you have an extremely small leis and make up for it with a concealed weapon?
    Why is it hi nuts are not willing to talk about change! If you feel comfortable in Texas to have people walking into a family restaurant with Ak 47’s then there is something extremely wrong with you.
    The second amendment was put in place in case England decided to come back and attack America. If they could come back to life right now and see what’s going on they would be shaking their heads.
    Guns are a major problem
    In America. You don’t even want to have background checks or registration at gun shows.
    Let er rip I’ll wait for all your cliche answers.

    • Jim Dean

      Okay Peter, glad to. First of all, what’s an extremely small “leis”? I’m sure it’s just one of those crude insults you folks resort to when you don’t have an actual argument…if it is, never mind an explanation.

      I’m more than willing to talk about “reasonable” change. The problem is, the minute I do, someone like you who thinks he knows everything comes along. Rather than spout insults, I welcome an intelligent discussion. Up for that?

      As for Texas and AK-47’s, do you even know how that came about? Here’s a little history lesson. Texas would allow open carry of long guns, but was very restrictive of holstered firearms. This was done as a form of civil protest. Yep, that’s how it started. The vast majority of these instances involved more than one person, they had signs and T-shirts, and did a pretty good job making their point. Other than a few “nervous Nellies” the whole thing pretty much was a non issue for most folks. You really should look into this before you pretend to know what you’re talking about. As for your pretend fear, you and your ilk should really stop with that “how can I tell a good guy from a bad guy” thing. It’s pretty damn simple. The good guy will smile and shake your hand. The bad guy has it out shooting. Seriously, how many people walk around with an AK for ten minutes giving everyone time to duck, and the police to arrive THEN start shooting…think it through before you post.

      As for the second amendment, England coming back was only part of the story. Read what the founding fathers wrote. As in their teachings, writings and discussions. They were just as concerned with the population being able to defend the government they were laying their lives on the line to create from within as from without. They fully understood that under the wrong circumstances this could be necessary. In fact, if you read some of their writings, you would understand that the open carrying of an AK-47 as you mentioned above is EXACTLY the type of behavior they wrote the second amendment to protect. What good is allowing a citizen to own a weapon if he is a criminal the moment he steps out his front door with it?

      Yes, they would be shaking their heads, wondering how the good honest people of this country lost control. I wonder the same thing myself.

      Sadly, you are mistaken when you say guns are a major problem. The problem is a lack of mental health care, a government so inept it cannot conduct a simple background check in THREE DAYS, and society members with parenting skills that make a shark look like Mother Theresa. We need to fix much deeper problems in our society than just this. The reality is that you simply cannot remove the guns from American society, so you need to come up with a way to fix the deeper issues. Any suggestions?

      I have no problem with background checks. I underwent a very extensive one when I got my concealed carry permit. I have no idea what you mean about “registration at gun shows”. Registration is not required in my state, nor should it be. IF you mean background checks at gun shows, let me tell you how this works….I’ve been to quite a few and can share some insight. The vast majority of people at a gun show are dealers. Every single transaction they make includes a background check, just as it would if they were in their brick and mortar store. They have computers on site, and they run the check right then. Again, every dealer checks every transaction.

      There will be a few people buying and selling in the parking lot, but I can tell you that I’ve never seen it be more than a couple of people at the shows I’ve been at. Many of the shows even prohibit this, since this takes away from the foot traffic inside the show where the dealers paid money to be. Again, this is an infinitesimally small percentage, so please don’t act like everyone who goes to a gun show comes away with a gun without a background check.

      Since I’ve invited your thoughts on some of this, I’ll be glad to share mine
      1-y’all need to forget this whole “assault weapons” nonsense. These things are used in so few shootings they’re statistically insignificant. Every time you go after a magazine ban or an assault rifle ban, all you do is alienate a lot of otherwise law abiding people who are no danger to anyone. You may not believe it, but if you look up the FBI statistics, these rifles are involved in, at most, 300-400 shootings a year. Yes, that’s quite a few, but given the number of other shootings should that be your primary target? It’s like stopping drunk driving by banning red Corvettes-silly.

      2-We do need a functional background check system. So lets set one up. Tax all ammo at 1 percent, firearms at 2 percent, and use that money as follows. 50 percent goes toward PARENTING EDUCATION, 30 percent goes to firearms education, and 20 percent goes to run the system.

      Make the states participate. The tax would be federally collected, but they couldn’t have the parenting money unless they fully participated.

      One big thing that has to happen with this is there HAS to be some form of redress-local boards where someone who’s rights are taken away can go for a hearing within 15 days.

      You’re up. Thoughts?

    • Kelin Jones

      LOL Clearly you do not understand the Constitution at all. The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with England. It has to do with the right of a citizen to keep society free.

  • 58sniper
  • Chris Benten

    I find the Costco stand a bit ironic as they will sell a gunsafe to anyone who walks into the store. If one is concealed, I personally would ignore all these bans.

  • mdak06

    FYI re: discount club stores —

    BJ’s Wholesale Club, which has locations along the east coast – plus Ohio – has never shown any issue with me openly carrying a firearm, at least in Delaware and New Hampshire.

    Also note that there was an incident in a Costco five years ago in which a concealed carrier was killed by police. There’s a dispute about whether or not the person involved was causing a disturbance in the store or not … but either way the guy is dead.