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    Lowes Home Improvement Stores and their anti gun policies


    After calling Lowes corporate call center, to find out once and for all just what Lowes Firearm policy was, I found the dark truth of the matter. While claiming to be “neutral” on one hand, on the other they are anti second amendment. They state their official corporate policy is to follow local and federal laws when it come to carrying firearms both open and concealed. But yet allow local stores to disregard corporate policy and ask customers to leave the store for carrying a firearm. I find it hard to believe that they allow such discrimination to take place in their stores when they claim they have no problem with it.
    Customers who are following their own corporate policy and as such following local and federal laws are treated like second class citizens. For the mere fact they should have the balls to exercise their constitutional rights in their stores that are staffed with anti gun and anti self preservation nut jobs! In the twenty first century discrimination is no longer about race, nationality, sexual orientation people are now discriminated against based upon one choosing to exercise their rights.
    All accounts of people being asked to leave the store for legally exercising their second amendment right have one thing in common. When asking the manager to show them the policy stating the Lowes firearm policy, none of them can find it. When I asked for a copy of the policy myself from corporate I was told “we do not give out that information” I informed them I would be filing a suit to attain a copy of this mysterious policy I was told “go for it.”
    I find it unreal that a customer would be faced with such a problem of being told “Yes” and then told “No leave now.” But that is just the case awaiting for any customer who called Lowes customer care line they will be told “Yes” you may carry in our stores. Only to be told “No” and told to leave the store and not to come back with the firearm. I would encourage all to boycott Lowes and spread the word to all about their twisted practices when it comes to your rights.

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

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    Unfortunately, the FOIA only applies to government records. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

    I personally never had problems shopping in a Lowe's Hardware store. I was asked to leave on a few occasions, but after a brief conversation with the highest level of store management (sometimes it was a senior asst. mgr if the store manager was unavailable), I educated them as to what the local and federal laws were, along with my understanding of their corporate policy. Upon conclusion of my conversation with management, they allowed me to continue my shopping and in one case presented me with a $10 gift card for my inconvenience.

    OTOH, I have had problems when shopping in Home Depot stores. Whenever I encounter challenges when carrying in a store, I attempt to educate management. In most cases I'm successful, in a couple of cases, Home Depot management insisted that I still "leave or conceal". I complied and followed up with written communication to their corporate office. I got positive responses from corporate and had no problems when returning to the stores in question after corporate assured me that store personnel had been retrained.

    A lot of times success (or failure) when dealing with these large corporate stores is contingent on the approach when speaking with the entities. I do my best to dress and conduct myself in a professional manner. Being courteous and polite seem to work in my favor as well. Everyone has their own personal style, which needs to be developed. Once you figure out what works for you, successful dealings with the businesses will increase.

    I wouldn't recommend an all out boycott of a business based on a couple of experiences. There are many ways of obtaining the documentation you desire. Sometimes it takes a little bit of "unconventional thinking" aka "thinking outside of the box".



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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock Fan View Post
    Unfortunately, the FOIA only applies to government records. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

    I personally never had problems shopping in a Lowe's Hardware store. I was asked to leave on a few occasions, but after a brief conversation with the highest level of store management (sometimes it was a senior asst. mgr if the store manager was unavailable), I educated them as to what the local and federal laws were, along with my understanding of their corporate policy. Upon conclusion of my conversation with management, they allowed me to continue my shopping and in one case presented me with a $10 gift card for my inconvenience.

    OTOH, I have had problems when shopping in Home Depot stores. Whenever I encounter challenges when carrying in a store, I attempt to educate management. In most cases I'm successful, in a couple of cases, Home Depot management insisted that I still "leave or conceal". I complied and followed up with written communication to their corporate office. I got positive responses from corporate and had no problems when returning to the stores in question after corporate assured me that store personnel had been retrained.

    A lot of times success (or failure) when dealing with these large corporate stores is contingent on the approach when speaking with the entities. I do my best to dress and conduct myself in a professional manner. Being courteous and polite seem to work in my favor as well. Everyone has their own personal style, which needs to be developed. Once you figure out what works for you, successful dealings with the businesses will increase.

    I wouldn't recommend an all out boycott of a business based on a couple of experiences. There are many ways of obtaining the documentation you desire. Sometimes it takes a little bit of "unconventional thinking" aka "thinking outside of the box".



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    The documents will come out one way or another AKA(courts and law suit) not worried about it. I do know they are a bunch of bone heads at lowes and I will boycott them. If they willing choose to not follow their own rules I'm not going to waste my time trying to educate them. I will take my money to a store that supports my rights. With out me having to educate them as to why I should be allowed to use my right in their store.

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

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    So are they going to start posting their stores now? I have never had an issue carrying at Lowe's, but concealed is CONCEALED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cardinalfan View Post
    So are they going to start posting their stores now? I have never had an issue carrying at Lowe's, but concealed is CONCEALED.
    No they said they follow state and federal laws. But they allow workers to disregard company policy and make people leave who are carrying a firearm. I researched this before calling them to get their side on it. One of the stories I read about was a guy shopping and his shirt came up exposing his firearm. He was then asked to leave on the spot disarm and then come back. While this may not be much of a issue around your states Lowes. Here most of the higher ups are from MASSHOLE USA or NY. Most managers around here are huge anti gun rights and look at anyone with a firearm as a mass shooter waiting to happen. A simple search of Lowes and guns will bring up pages of people posting their being asked to leave because of carrying (concealed and open).

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

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    Always in Lowe's, always CC. Always NO PROBLEMS. Of course their not as tight assed down here as those stores in the "Free Northern States" . No harm intended...........
    "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." --author and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mappow View Post
    Always in Lowe's, always CC. Always NO PROBLEMS. Of course their not as tight assed down here as those stores in the "Free Northern States" . No harm intended...........
    LOL, No they sure are not. From all the research I have done on this topic it's not just up here where this is a problem. So watch your selfs when you carry open or concealed.

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S&WM&P40 View Post
    So watch your selfs when you carry open or concealed.


    That's always a constant!
    "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." --author and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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    I have never had a problem carrying concealed in WV Lowe's (However, They have never seen my weapon.) though I have heard stories. I always try to patronize local hardware stores in my area. All the local merchants here view firearms like the tools that they sell. I still avoid spending money in the "Gun Free" stores even though sometimes it irritates my wife to go someplace else.

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    FOI Act is not for private business. I never had a problem with any Lowe's in Central Ohio. They don't have the stores posted, and I never dared them or taunted them to. I don't waive my CONCEALED weapon around.
    Two great things about America, one - you can choose to shop somewhere else. Two - as a private business, I can tell you to take a hike if you don't like how I run things. No one has RIGHTS in a private business, except the right to leave. You can vote with your feet, not everything in life is fair.
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