The truth is criminals are criminals and unless you are willing for forcibly prevent them from bringing a gun into your store, there's nothing you can do. You can, however, stop law-abiding licensed concealed carriers from carrying by putting up a legally-binding sign. BRILLIANT!
I'm actually totally fine with "statements" by Starbucks or Trader Joe's "asking" customers not to bring guns into their businesses. It's far better than putting up a sign. I can choose to ignore the statement. I keep my weapon out of sight and no one knows I have it. No one is the wiser. I carry. No one gets upset. It's all good. Yet, they can still say to their anti-gun customers, "Look, we have a 'statement'! We don't like guns either!"
It really is the best of all worlds. Honestly, I don't think most businesses care about the issue one way or the other. They're trying to run their business and in the process trying not to upset, confuse, and piss off the customers regardless of the customers' stance on the issue.
The reality is, the average anti-gun person isn't going to freak out and scream if there's no "no guns" sign on the front of their local grocery store or nail boutique. But, concealed carriers will do one of three things...they'll ignore the sign (making it ineffective), they'll take their business elsewhere, or they'll talk to the manager about it/send email, etc. My guess is the manager doesn't want to deal with it. He's got a business to run.
Big nationwide companies like Starbucks, Trader Joe's and Toys R Us (God rest its soul) are under enormous pressure from left wing groups to "make a stand" against "gun violence" or be the subject of media outrage (can YOU believe a toy store allows customers to bring GUNNNNNS inside!!! What about the CHILDRENNNNNN?!?!?!), boycotts, picketers, etc. etc. Who wants that? Some companies have figured out they can placate the left by making a "request" or "statement" about not wanting guns in their businesses...while at the same time allowing concealed carry. Yes, if you're discovered carrying, they could politely ask you to leave. But, you're not going to be discovered in 99.9999999% of cases. And, there's no legal ramifications if you are discovered since they're not posted.
Edited by soylentgreen, 24 July 2018 - 12:07 PM.