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Do you own or manage a business in Bulloch County? Do you allow your customers to carry a weapon, open or concealed, in your place of business? If a customer should carry a weapon, what are the implications for you, your employees, and fellow customers?

With the increase in the number of people who have a license to carry, the higher potential that someone might be carrying a gun or knife into your place of business. Let us not forget about those who carry illegally are also part of the mix. Yet, from Walkie’s point of view many businesses do not mind if a person carries or not – or they choose to ignore a potential situation. Why? If you do not have a “No weapons allowed” or “We prefer that you not carry a weapon …” message posted on your door, a licensed carrier has no idea if you allow the possession of a weapon. Many carriers will not ask you in order to protect their concealment. Yes, many will choose not to carry if in doubt; however, others will carry because they perceive a situation where it is legally permitted to carry a weapon.

A licensed carrier tends to be a very responsible gun owner. They will exercise the legal and moral obligation to leave the premises and disarm when asked to do so. Failure to do so will only get them into trouble and jeopardize their license to carry. As licensed carriers, they know the places where it is not permitted to carry like government buildings, mental hospitals, schools (except to drop-off/pick-up their children), etc. A licensed carrier in Georgia also knows that it is not permissible to carry within a certain distance of schools and other establishments – regardless if you post a notice or not. However, other places such as fast food restaurants, a licensed carrier may not know if it is permitted or not – as it may be left up to the business owner.

So, if you own or manage a place of business have you checked your doors lately? Is there something missing (as in a weapons not allowed sign)? Alternatively, is everything fine and dandy?

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theflyonthewall commented on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 18:03 PM

Walkie, Georgia is destined to be an open carry state ,so expect more guns everywhere.

Bryant commented on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 13:16 PM

Fly, I certainly hope Georgia does not become an "open carry" state; if you mean that any adult can carry a pistol without a permit.

I have my own views on gun regulation and they do not match all of yours. But, neither do they match anyone else's entirely. But, people who want to carry pistols around, concealed or not, should absolutely be required to be licensed after a thorough background check and training (for new owners - not new applicants).

Responsible gun owners should abhor any attempts to reduce the not very stringent current requirements.

Walkie, good questions. If you own a sporting goods store, carrying might suit your business model (kind of like letting dogs wander around Petco). If you own Dollar General or another retail establishment, maybe not.

wwwhunter commented on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 21:51 PM

I am not sure how I would react to gun toting customers if I owned my own store but with the recent Supreme Court rulings favoring firearms ownership for self defense this "open carry" may one day be adjudicated into reality. After all does your right to own and carry a gun for self defense end at your doorstep?

Helphand commented on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 08:06 AM

I feel a trained and licensed concealed carry in any business is deterrent to violence. Any business that puts up signs banning guns is opening themselves as a easy prey for armed robbery or other violence. I carry a gun because a cop is to heavy.

SallyLu commented on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

This made me think of the recent Denny's hooplah - where they wouldn't let officers dine who were armed... Personally, I hope they lost a ton of business. My personal opinion is this: if the owner of an establishment is going to broadcast that they do not allow guns, that business owner should DEFINITELY carry. I feel that to post a pretty sign saying you don't allow guns on the premises or allow customers to carry has NO positive outcomes whatsoever. #Criminalinfestation

Bryant commented on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Interesting comments. If I owned a retail business, I would not allow customers openly carrying a pistol (or sny firearm). As for concealed, how would l I know?

gawalkman commented on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 14:21 PM


Thanks for the interesting and civil follow-ups.

A person may legally carry a weapon openly, or concealed, in Georgia if they are licensed in Georgia or one of 24 other states. However, one will be subjected to higher scrutiny if carrying openly - and it may result with a "consultation" from a law enforcement officer. To carry openly without a license will only get you in a heap of trouble - should you get caught.

Personally, I feel that a "No weapons allowed" sign is like having a "this house not protected by gun" sign in the front yard. However, that does not mean the owner or manager is not packing heat.

Again, thanks.

pebbles4719 commented on Friday, Feb 01, 2013 at 15:37 PM

I have a question for everyone. If someone is carrying a handgun, licensed to do so, visible to everyone, would that make you a little nervous?

It would me only because you hear stories of criminals trying to reach for the cops weapon while they are being arrested.

I'm not a big gun fan as they make me nervous, but I understand people owning them for hunting and for protection.

Handguns being concealed I think is the best way and if they are licensed to do so.

What are your thoughts?

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Friday, Feb 01, 2013 at 15:53 PM

pebbles, Charlie.

You should be nervous. The weapon carrier should be nervous to a degree, but not to excess nor to anxiousness. I was nervous every time I drew a weapon from the armory when I was in the military. I had a lethal weapon in my possession and was authorized to use it under certain conditions. That is serious business.

People should consider beforehand how to secure their own weapons. We were trained on how NOT to be disarmed, and many holsters made today are resistant to gun-grabbers.

pebbles4719 commented on Friday, Feb 01, 2013 at 15:57 PM

When you say "we" are you referring to when you were in the military?

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Friday, Feb 01, 2013 at 16:04 PM

Yes. I was in the military and briefly in military law enforcement. We, military and all law enforcement, are trained how NOT to be disarmed.

I would strongly recommend anyone with a concealed carry license to be trained as well.

pebbles4719 commented on Friday, Feb 01, 2013 at 16:10 PM

I totally agree. But is this kind of training available and should it be mandatory?

Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Friday, Feb 01, 2013 at 17:45 PM

I don't know if it is available or not, never looked for it.


I will relate to cars again... Another part of law enforcement training is 'special' driving skills. Actually helped make me a safer driver. Should that be mandatory for all drivers?

ufgtrs commented on Saturday, Feb 02, 2013 at 09:43 AM

for one its really none of your business to know if i am carrying or not...I carry when I go anywhere anymore., and i don't do business with those who put on there businesses no guns allowed...I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6 when I didn't carry that day.

Bryant commented on Saturday, Feb 02, 2013 at 13:01 PM

UFGTRS, sorry the travails of daily life are such you feel the necessity to carry a weapon. Truly - no satire intended.

ufgtrs commented on Saturday, Feb 02, 2013 at 15:59 PM

yes i do bryant, unlike those who live in the city, it does take the sheriff a bit longer to get to me...

theflyonthewall commented on Saturday, Feb 02, 2013 at 22:18 PM

Ufgtrs, Perhaps you should question your fear.Why are you so afraid? Offhand, I think a divorce from Fox News might be in order.

ufgtrs commented on Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 09:44 AM

I fear no one...

Gun_nut_1776 commented on Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 11:37 AM

All Georgia Gun Owners need to be a member of this group.

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