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Market Q&A: Do you allow consumers or your staff to carry guns in your store?

HIGH POINT - Nebraska Furniture Mart will soon arm some of its security employees and will allow armed consumers with permits to carry concealed weapons. We asked retailers at the High Point Market what their policy is on guns and would they consider either action? See their responses below.

Ayman El-Refaie Castle Furniture, Houston"The consumer - no. I'm scared of it. The staff, (yes), if they are trained - each morning, not just once a year, but a refresher course every morning on what they should not do. Otherwise, someone is going to slip up and shoot for no reason."Ayman El-Refaie Castle Furniture, Houston

Lael Thompson Broyhill Home Collections, Aurora, Colo.Lael Thompson Broyhill Home Collections, Aurora, Colo.

"For me as a store owner, I have an obligation to protect my store associates and customers' well being or safety. If there is a reasonable threat or I feel that there will be one in the future, I would support it, but in a concealed fashion for anybody - store officials or consumers. And by concealed, I mean not plainly visible. It's fine if you have a gun to protect yourself and everyone else, but don't go around freaking everyone out about it."



Marc Schewel Schewel Furniture, Lynchburg, Va."We don't have the volume of traffic that warrants having security on the premises ... and we don't have a policy (covering consumers with concealed weapon permits). The issue has never come up."Marc Schewel Schewel Furniture, Lynchburg, Va.

Tom Eslinger Sofa Select, Mishawaka, Ind.

"We don't have security, so that isn't our question, but we have no problem with people carrying arms into our store because we consider gun owners responsible people. They have the right to (carry). Just as we wouldn't consider all Muslims to be terrorists, we wouldn't consider all people who carry guns to be dangerous."
Tom Eslinger Sofa Select, Mishawaka, Ind.

Jake Jabs American Furniture Warehouse, Englewood, Colo.

"No. This is America, land of the free. You should be able to do what you want to do (without worrying about guns in the store). I didn't get into the gun control issue. I used to own rifles (and other guns while living in the country in Montana). As soon as I moved to the city, I gave all that away. I think (guns in the store) just calls attention to violence."
Jake Jabs American Furniture Warehouse, Englewood, Colo.

Alex Macias Del Sol Furniture, Phoenix

"Our policy is no weapons, and at this point, I would not consider it. I think there are enough customers that would take that negatively or be afraid of it. The way Arizona is going, personally, I'm thinking about getting a gun. But I think for most people who are shopping for furniture, that's something they don't want to think about."
Alex Macias Del Sol Furniture, Phoenix

Pamela Pelett City Liquidators, Portland, Ore.
"We have a lot of concealed-to-carry people in Oregon shopping in our stores and we don't know it until they lay on a mattress and they kind of roll over and you see the holstered weapon. It happens all the time, and I think it's good because it's their right. Anyone with a concealed-to-carry (permit) has been well trained and the government has approved them. But we're not going to have an armed guard at our store.... We spend a lot on coffee and doughnuts every week. We get (the customers) all sugared up so, so they're not going to want to be hostile."

Pamela Pelett City Liquidators, Portland, Ore.

Diane Huskey Oak-Wood Furniture Galleries,  Archdale, N.C.

"I would not allow anyone in my store with a concealed weapon, because I wouldn't feel safe, and my customers wouldn't feel safe. I can't analyze which person is legit and which person may be insane. I just want my customers safe. You put yourself in a dangerous situation when you're around people with guns all the time."
Diane Huskey Oak-Wood Furniture Galleries, Archdale, N.C.

Stan Pickett Quality Furniture & Appliance, Mesquite, Texas

"We don't have a policy for arms. Being in Texas, probably half the people who come in are probably carrying anyway. I'm in favor of allowing those properly permitted and licensed to carry guns in my stores. I really don't have an opinion on the (armed staff question). We're a small family business with two stores. We haven't ever discussed a security policy. In light of everything that's happened in the last week, it's probably something we need to discuss when we return."
Stan Pickett Quality Furniture & Appliance, Mesquite, Texas

Andrew Robinson DFW Furniture, Columbus, Ohio

"We inadvertently moved into a building that had the (no guns) sticker on the door and our customers complained. So we immediately removed the sticker. We live in the heartland of America. There are a lot of pickup trucks in our parking lots, and we're not going to tell customers they need to leave their wallets or weapons in the car. We have armed all of our employees with pens and order pads. The consumer has the right, but we would prefer our employees do not bring weapons. We do not have a policy (against it), but believe the safety of individuals would potentially be compromised by arming our staff - the possible collateral damage. Perhaps the best way to protect the store is to make it clear that video surveillance is taking place."
Andrew Robinson DFW Furniture, Columbus, Ohio

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