Costco is another place that doesn't want our money...

Discussion in 'Places Off-Limits' started by Macktee, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

    I received this in an e-mail from a (gun nut) buddy in Louisville, KY today:

    America's Aggressive Civil Rights Organization

    October 31, 2006


    We received the following email from a member, who had
    heard that Costco Wholesale warehouse clubs had banned
    firearms in their stores. Read the letter, and the response
    from Costco below. While JPFO agrees that Costco has the
    right to restrict firearm possession on their premises, we
    also believe that firearms supporters have the right to
    protest with their dollars, by not shopping at Costco.

    If you're a Costco member and decide to discontinue your
    membership as a result of this policy, we suggest that you
    make sure that Costco knows why!

    And don't forget to read the new book _Guns in the
    Workplace_ by Chuck Klein. It's available through
    Amazon.Com and at booksellers nationwide.

    - The Liberty Crew

    -----Original Message-----
    From: xxxxx
    Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 4:16 PM
    To: Investor Relations
    Subject: Banning guns

    I heard through the grapevine that Costco had banned guns
    in their stores.

    Please confirm or deny the allegation.


    -----Costco Response-----

    From: Stephanie Bradley [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 12:43 PM
    To: Investor Relations
    Subject: RE: Banning guns

    Dear Mr. xxx,

    This email is in response to your October 20, 2006 letter
    to our Investor Relations department, regarding Costco's
    "No Firearms" policy at its warehouse stores.

    As an initial matter, Costco is not a place of ?public
    accommodation? within the meaning of civil rights laws. The
    definition of ?public accommodation? does not include a
    bona fide private club or other establishment that is not
    in fact open to the public. Costco Wholesale is a
    membership-only warehouse club. It is not open to the
    general public. It restricts membership to a limited group
    of qualified individuals who agree to membership
    conditions. We have the right, and the obligation to our
    members, to enact and enforce membership rules. The Member
    Service Employees at the exit doors are obliged to follow
    these rules. By obtaining a Costco membership card, our
    members agree to comply with the Membership Rules and the
    Privileges and Conditions of membership.

    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. The shopping
    experience is not enhanced by bringing a firearm into our

    Our primary goal at Costco Wholesale is to keep our members


    Stephanie Bradley
    Executive Assistant to:
    Joel Benoliel - SVP-Legal & Administration
    Paul Latham - VP-Membership, Marketing & Services
    [email protected]


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  2. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

    How does Sam's Club compare?

    Oh, and they aren't wanding or anything, are they?

  3. Gunstar1

    Gunstar1 Administrator

    That reminds me of the trouble Home Depot got into with its gun toting customers when an anti-gun policy started to show up at stores in Michigan and Minnesota.

    Gun owners in those states and fellow gun nuts from most every other state not affected, sent in letters to Home Depot HQ saying that they will spend their money at Lowes (and elsewhere) where they do not ban firearms from their stores. Soon the signs started disappearing and clarification letters went out that said concealed carry is ok in their stores.

    Some gun owners were mad that Home Depot still prevents employees from carrying and also does not want open carry. I read the statement as saying that while Home Depot HQ misjudged the reaction of gun owning customers, this was all just to keep the sheeple happy and feeling safe, but gun owners must be aware that if you open carry into a Home Depot store and someone has a hissy fit at seeing a gun and tells a manager, you will be asked to leave, or at least leave your gun in the parking lot. However if you conceal your firearm and the sheeple are fooled and therefore the managers are not harrased, then firearm carry is perfectly fine with Home Depot HQ.