As a part of my ongoing email exchange with Shoot Straight, here is the latest reply that I got from the store:
Please excuse our lack of clarity on the point you raised. Shoot Straight certainly respects the right to lawfully conceal a firearm. As long as the firearm remains concealed, and is not exposed, our staff will not seek it. However, if a staff member sees a firearm, then they may check it to make sure that it is unloaded. The meaning of our door sign that says “concealed means concealed”, is that store patrons that choose to conceal their firearms must keep them concealed at all times throughout their stay – even while on the range. It is against Shoot Straight policy for a customer to unholster their concealed firearm, or draw from concealment on our ranges. We hope this more detailed explanation clarifies any remaining questions. However, please do not hesitate to contact us again if there should be anything else that you might need.
My remaining question is this: If I enter the store with a lawful concealed weapon, and I want to shoot at the range, are they saying that I must unload it prior to entering the store? I am not sure how to take this.
R. Stanton Scott · July 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm
Well, duh. It means that if you bring a concealed weapon into the facility it must remain concealed throughout your time there. If you want to fire a particular weapon on the range, you must bring it in openly, though you could of course have another, concealed one, on your person – but this second one must remain concealed.
Looks like the goal is to make sure weapons in the facility are not loaded except on the range – or at least that staff doesn't know about the loaded ones.
Not sure what sense it makes, but this is pretty clear to me.
Divemedic · July 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm
But that accomplishes what?
Liability? No, because they are consciously avoiding the knowledge of loaded firearms.
I know that you are a commenter on other blogs, and I know that you are anti-gun. I'm cool with disagreement and debate. Please keep it civil. I will never personally attack a commenter, and I expect the same courtesy in return.
BobG · July 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm
It's clear what it means, but I disagree with it. If they don't trust people who are licensed to carry, they have a problem. Personally, I would avoid giving them business if possible.
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