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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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Malum Prohibitum said:
How does Sam's Club compare?

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