Toys”R”Us

by Georgia Concealed Carry on March 17, 2013 · 2 comments

Georgia Concealed Carry

“Possession of Firearms is prohibited on these premises”

To our surprise, while shopping for something for our daughter we came across this sign.

On one hand we understand… you want to keep danger as far away as possible from innocent children.  This being said, do you think that criminals think this way?  Do you think the idiot, Adam Lanza, thought twice about walking into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and open fired on 20 children and 6 adults?

After walking up to the door with a Glock 26 concealed within my shirt, the three questions came to mind…

“Do I enter with my firearm, knowing the store will be safer with me armed?”

Or

“Since I’m here already and have my firearm, do I return to my car and safely store it before entering the store?”

Or

“Do I turn around and find a store that respects me and the 2nd Amendment?”

This is the question we have to ask ourselves every time we notice a sign like this.  Do you think management understands this?  Perhaps this is a question we should ask them?

Gun Free Zone Location

georgia concealed carry

2205 Pleasant Hill Road #110
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: 770-885-1007

Contacted 3/19/2013

Spoke to Jeremy, the store manager.  He was very polite and answered all my questionsl

  1. Q: Do all Toys”R”Us locations have this sign?
    A: Yes
  2. Q: Is this a corporate policy?
    A: Yes it is.
  3. Q: Is this a policy that you and your staff will enforce should you notice someone OC or CC?
    A: Yes, they will be asked to leave immediately.
  4. Q: Is there a particular reason?
    A: Yes, because it’s corporate policy and for the safety of the children.  Guns don’t belong anywhere children come together, just like schools.
Regarding question 4, I followed up telling him that I don’t want to waste any of his time arguing any points with him but wanted to point out that thousands of schools have armed guards and that if a permit carrying customer (law abiding, etc, etc) was to enter his store, the store would then become a safer place as criminals don’t care about signs.  Police would only be arriving AFTER the incident whereas a legal carrying customer would be there to potentially assist in resolving the incident right away.  Then I thanked him for his time and said goodbye.

As always, if you contact a location that has a “No Firearms” sign, please be respectful.  They may not agree with you and chances are, arguing will not get the sign removed.  Simply ask a few questions, tell them you understand their decision but that you won’t be shopping there (or something like that).

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Thomas V. Sawyer September 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

To all Gun free establishments: If you post it; I will return to my car and leave and tell all my friends, too. I should not have to even have a CCW under the 2nd amendment to our constitution!

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Kevin October 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

If you ask me to leave I will… and I will bring my wallet with me.

If you chose to make your business a “gun free zone” and put all of your customers at risk, then by all means do so.. but we won’t be there. You’ve lost a customer for life. Criminals specifically target business that do not allow guns so they will decrease the chances of being shot by someone they are robbing or murdering.

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