A few days ago I was asked to leave a Toys 'R' Us location in Orem, Utah. The catalyst behind this request was my Lawfully carried firearm.
It has come to my attention that it is a corporate policy to ban firearms from Toys 'R' Us stores.
This policy leaves a sour taste with me regarding Toys 'R' Us and any stores owned by Toys 'R' Us.
The unfortunate thing about no firearms policies, is that they do nothing to stop the criminal element of society from carrying their illegally carried firearms.
It does however, disarm law abiding customers, as they are apt to respect the corporate policy.
Disarming the law abiding leaves nothing but a target rich environment for those who are inclined to commit crimes.
As a concealed carry permit holder, and a veteran of the United States Army, I find it offensive that Toys 'R' Us considers me too irresponsible to carry my firearm in their stores.
I have decided to ask firearms owners to boycott Toys 'R' Us and any stores owned by or affiliated with Toys 'R' Us unless and until this policy is changed.
For your convenience, I will now link to the discussions on this topic at various internet firearms forums.http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=543355http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/rkba-ne...s-boycott.htmlvi...hp?f=12&t=9505http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...s-R-Us-Boycott
Take careful note not only of the replies to these threads, but to the number of views to these threads.
I myself have spent $200 at another store that I had planned to spend at Toys 'R' Us, merely because of your policy.
Others have returned merchandise totaling in excess of $1,000 to Toys 'R' Us locations because of this policy.
Given the economy's state, and the upcoming holiday season, I would imagine that alienating any customers at all would be a bad idea and will hurt profit margins.
Despite the claim that (excerpt from an e-mail received from Rich Latner of Toys 'R' Us corporate guest relations)
"• It is also our policy not to sell any toy gun that could be mistaken for a real gun. Toys“R”Us was the first retailer in the U.S. to adopt this policy, which was established in 1994."
It is immediately apparent that this claim is false. See link below.http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=4365587
That product could easily be mistaken for a real gun, especially given the advent of duracoat.
To recap, I am calling for a boycott of Toys 'R' Us and all related companies because of Toy's 'R' Us' stance on firearms.