Several days ago, Moms Demand Action claimed that a gaggle of activists had descended upon a hapless Arlington, VA Staples store manager, and bullied him into banning guns in his store.
IT’S WORKING: Last week, members of Moms Demand Action made the case for gun sense at a Staples in Arlington, VA, and the manager agreed: He will put up signs saying no guns are allowed in his store!
But not every Staples bans guns. Please go into your local store and ask the manager to go gun free. Help bring gun sense to a Staples near you:http://bit.ly/1hERuz7. It’s easy!
According to store staff, this was untrue.
Caller: “I’ve been hearing reports about your store, the particular location, enacting a gun prohibition policy?”
Store: “Yeah, that was a misquote on Facebook. We never had a sign up… They put it in there, and we are trying to get it taken down… But we don’t have that sign on the store… They put a bunch of information on Facebook that wasn’t accurate.“
Moms Demand is now claiming that “Gunbullies”—their newly-minted propaganda term for Second Amendment supporters—forced the store to reverse the “promise” to prohibit guns in the store.
CALL TO ACTION: Last week, Moms Demand Action met with the manager of the Arlington, VA, Staples and he agreed to make the store gun free. However, this week the store was overwhelmed by calls from #GunBullies and now they may change their position.
Moms, no matter where you live, call Staples and ask them why they’re kowtowing to #GunBullies.
To cut through the chaff, I called Staples corporate offices to ask them about how they handle store weapons policies. Specifically, I wanted to know whether individual store managers had the authority to make these sorts of policy changes on a store-by-store basis, or if the chain directs stores to comply with state laws.
I also asked them about this specific incident.
According to Staples, their corporate policy is to follow applicable laws in the states in which they operate, which is a standard followed by the majority of retailers of every kind. Individual Staples stores and their managers do not have, and have never had, the authority to set more restrictive policies on their own.
In the specific instance of the Arlington, VA Staples store in question, the manager did not post signs prohibiting legal carry of firearms, and did not even verbally agree to post signs prohibiting the legal carry of firearms to the best of corporate’s knowledge.
Put in the plainest possible terms, store managers do not have the authority to change corporate policy on a whim, and Moms Demand Action is not only being deceptive in their claims, they are also wasting their time as they descend up stores in groups and attempt to bully unfortunate store managers into compliance with their prohibitionist views.