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Bass Pro Shop now has up a sign that asked you to check your gun at entrance if you are carrying open.  Concealed carriers with permit is allowed.

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I think this whole open carry scare is just complete hogwash-open carriers have never presented a problem before so why are they singled out now.

If an open carrier is there to do harm it seems to me they are not coming in the door quietly but open firing as they are walking in.

As it were it is not the law abiding that they have to worry their little brains about.

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When I was younger, I worked at a Bass Pro at the gun counter.  We only had people check in guns if they were bringing them to us for sale, or to have something done.  We didn’t care about them otherwise.  I wonder if that’s a TN thing or if it’s a company wide policy?

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 I was at Basspro yesterday and didn't notice a sign, but then again, I don't open carry. The only sign I saw was the normal "Check guns at counter" when you go in but that's been there forever. I'll try to remember to check the next time I go.

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2 minutes ago, xsubsailor said:

 I was at Basspro yesterday and didn't notice a sign, but then again, I don't open carry. The only sign I saw was the normal "Check guns at counter" when you go in but that's been there forever. I'll try to remember to check the next time I go.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

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3 hours ago, bluemailman53 said:

Bass Pro Shop now has up a sign that asked you to check your gun at entrance if you are carrying open.  Concealed carriers with permit is allowed.

I believe that is only for Guns you are trading in or taking to the gun counter for some reason. It does not apply to carry guns. 

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Per recent 'knowledge dump' by Greg Ellifritz

 

 

YOU. ARE. NOT. HELPING.

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“Personally I look at the photo and see a thoughtless attention whore trying to ‘scare the straights.’ The most likely result is that he will scare them straight into the ballot box to vote away our rights. As such this person is not my friend, ally or comrade in the struggle; he is an active threat to my rights.”

 
 
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If you are interested in open carry, you may also enjoy Ash Hess’ perspective on how open carry serves to desensitize security personnel.  Link opens to Facebook.

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4 hours ago, krunchnik said:

I think this whole open carry scare is just complete hogwash-open carriers have never presented a problem before so why are they singled out now.

If an open carrier is there to do harm it seems to me they are not coming in the door quietly but open firing as they are walking in.

As it were it is not the law abiding that they have to worry their little brains about.

I can see how you feel about the attention open carry receives. As for me, I don't really care.

I will take note of what the person is carrying, usually just being envious. lol

However, in these really screwed up times, I think open carry is a really bad thing for the gun community and the 2nd Amendment in general.

Why? Because the general public is so lacking in knowledge that the sight of a weapon terrifies them. Whether it be on a civilian or a uniformed officer, a visible weapon says "killer" to them.

Lack of firearms knowledge and the mass hysteria pushed upon the uninformed by those with an agenda, i.e., the Bloombergs and the anti-gun crowd, have so indoctrinated the mass of humanity and especially the young ones; that it causes everything from a negative reaction to a full blown panic in them.

Is it right? No. Does it happen? IMO, Yes.

All of this is, of course, just my opinion.

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This is from 2012, the last time there was drama about Bass Pro. Did something change?

A Facebook post....

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UPDATE ON BASS PRO SHOP GUN POLICY:
06/02/12

Their official policy on CCW is listed below. If you go to a Bass Pro Shop and they tell you anything different, please e-mail Tobi Roberts at: tcroberts@basspro.com. I e-mailed with Tobi and he told me they are having a hard time fixing this misunderstanding about their policy. If a store is not applying the policy properly, they may need additional training so the employees understand the policy.

From Bass Pro Shop, Tobi Roberts: "In any state where there is a concealed carry issued to an individual, our policy is to only ask if the customer has the proper permit if one of our associates sees the weapon. As long as the customer confirms that they have the proper permit, we thank them for their time and tell them to have a wonderful day. We do not ask to see the permit, nor do we have any policy that requires our customers to check their weapon at the door."

Tobi Roberts
Bass Pro Shops
tcroberts@basspro.com

 

Story at Guns.com...

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CARRY POLICY ONLINE

https://www.guns.com/news/2012/06/26/bass-pro-shops-concealed-carry-policy
06/26/12 3:15 PM | by Aaron Samsel 
Guns.com recently published an editorial by long time writer David LaPell about a string of customer complaints regarding Bass Pro Shop’s concealed carry policy.  The article concerned carriers being asked to check their arms before entering the store and it created quite a stir online with folks messaging us coming from across the country both verifying and refuting Mr. LaPell’s insinuations that Bass Pro Shops policy, whatever it was, appeared to be arbitrarily enforced by employees depending on the store location and also not readily available to him in print.

Well, Bass Pro Shops responded immediately and, as you will read, acted expeditiously, contacting Guns.com the day the article ran to acknowledge that the company representative who responded to David’s query gave him false and misleading information and to also maintain that they have always been and always will be a pro-concealed carry company.  We were also informed by Bass Pro Shops that they were unaware of the many complaints concealed carrying customers had about checking weapons with greeters. They will be looking into this and in an effort to address customer concerns, Bass Pro Shops will now be disseminating their concealed carry policy online, for all gun owners to reference.

Larry Whitely.Through email and by phone, Bass Pro Shops Manager of Communications, Larry Whitely, confirmed to Guns.com that the employee identified as Lynette who responded to Mr. Lapell’s questions did work for Bass Pro Shops and that she did not accurately communicate company policy regarding concealed carry, which allows customers with a legal concealed carry permit to carry their weapon in any Bass Pro Shops store as long as the state permits the practice, as seen in this internal training document which has been in place at least since 2008. 

Whitely told Guns.com that:

“Bass Pro Shops has always been committed to preserving the Second Amendment and strongly supports concealed carry rights with our policy being that any customer may legally carry in any of our stores if the state allows it. Associates are also required to watch a video that basically says [this] and sign a form that they understand this. This employee did not understand or communicate the right information and we are looking into addressing this situation fully.”

The first step in this process is to publish the company’s concealed carry policy, which you can read in full here.  Indeed the last paragraph of the Policy section sounds particularly cut and dry to us:

Bass Pro Shops concealed carry policy.

For their own part, Bass Pro Shops hosts concealed carry classes and has been very active in the support of gun rights and culture, most recently building a new 7,000 foot headquarters in Missouri that will act as an official satellite branch of the NRA’s National Firearms Museum. We were told that Bass Pro Shops has and will be addressing the matter privately with their employee and Mr. LaPell.

In his article, David attempted to use the same avenues any customer would be asked to use to question the company’s concealed carry policy, in part to replicate the experience the average gun owner would have to go through to get this information and in part to better complement the editorial nature of the piece.  A couple of readers questioned David’s investigative methods, with some blogs even going so far as to call the article unethical, despite the fact that he did utilize source information from Bass Pro Shops and the piece was run as an editorial.

We maintain David’s journalistic methods adhered to sound editorial practices and, in light of the feedback from Bass Pro Shops, independent bloggers who took the time to properly investigate the story on their own and the gun community, we feel now as we did then that this was a well informed story and perspective worth sharing with our readers and other concerned gun owners.

Guns.com logo.As an independent publication, it’s not Guns.com’s job to give our opinion but rather to host the opinions of our writers and readers. Though practically impossible, we make an honest effort to remain as objective as we can, stay out of the way of our writers and allow them to tell their story, no matter what that story is, as long as we think it will, a) interest and benefit gun owners and b) conform to ethical journalistic methods and practices.

In kind we try not to editorialize our own editorial content, but if you were to force Guns.com to weigh in on the article, well, the fact is these types of things happen with an employer of Bass Pro Shops size and though that is not an excuse, nobody is immune to mistakes.  The important thing is that mistakes are amended and we have been thoroughly impressed at how quickly and in our opinion appropriately Bass Pro Shops responded to the claims in David’s article.  We can also assure you that the company’s representative, Mr. Whitely took the article seriously, imparted a very pro-concealed carry, pro-2nd amendment attitude and seemed genuinely concerned about David’s and any other carriers’ negative experiences at his stores. 

The fact that the article alerted them to the issue and, in response, they are becoming more transparent by circulating their concealed carry policy says to us that at the end of the day, all parties involved—Bass Pro Shops, David LaPell, Guns.com and gun owners—are likely better off for it.

 

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I asked about this sign and was told that they've problems with people at the gun counter taking their loaded guns out of their holsters when talking to the counter people.  If I worked at a gun shop, I'd be leery of novices unholstering their loaded weapons also.  Those that actually work in a gun shop can comment with greater authority than I can.

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At an indoor range there are normally signs telling to keep holstered weapon holstered.

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9 hours ago, wttam said:

I asked about this sign and was told that they've problems with people at the gun counter taking their loaded guns out of their holsters when talking to the counter people.  If I worked at a gun shop, I'd be leery of novices unholstering their loaded weapons also.  Those that actually work in a gun shop can comment with greater authority than I can.

Ok, so there's a few articles here that were posted that say what I said above.  They only want you checking firearms when selling, trading, or having work done...  The people at the front just want to make sure any gun coming into the store in a case, is unloaded.  If you're carrying, they don't care...but as you said, the advised us to inform the customer, "Please do not unholster your firearms here at the counter."  

When I worked in gun shops, we weren't really fond of people unholstering either inside the shop.  We did have an "Unloading Bucket" at the door, that you could point it into and unload and clear away from the counter and people, and if there was an AD, it would go into the safety canester.  We always prefered if you're looking to have work done, or trade, that it came in unloaded, and in a case...and up in MA, that case had to be locked....but that's a different story from the states that aren't as difficult.  

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On 9/21/2019 at 8:35 PM, KahrMan said:

I believe that is only for Guns you are trading in or taking to the gun counter for some reason. It does not apply to carry guns. 

I agree. I saw the sign Wed., gathered the same intent you stated. I keep mine covered 98% of the time anyway, so, I just went on thru to the mall & back thru Bass Pro back to my truck.

No problems . On the other hand, if you're stupid enough to go into a business carrying an

AR/AK, couple of pistols, a grenade on the belt, you may draw attention.

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