Common sense isn’t common. For some reason, there are some individuals who think that walking into a gun store or a gun range while carrying a firearm in their hand is acceptable. If you were to ask these same people if they thought that walking into a grocery store, the mall, a restaurant, or any other public space while carrying a gun in their hand was a good idea, chances are that they would say “no.” When pressed to offer a reason why carrying a gun in the hands in a public place is a bad idea, most people would scoff and say, “well, isn’t it obvious?” Unfortunately, if the reasons were so obvious, then there would be no need for gun stores and gun ranges to post signage to remind customers to enter the store with firearms secured in a bag, case, or holster.
Without the ability to read minds, human beings rely upon observable behavior, such as words and actions, to understand their environment and the intentions of others. Holding a firearm while in a public place communicates one signal; keeping a firearm safety holstered communicates another. Obeying range rules sends a certain message; violating range rules sends another. Politely accepting instruction from the range safety officer means one thing; arguing and threatening to take your business elsewhere in response to a safety violation means another. And when it comes to the issue of holding a firearm when entering a gun store or gun range, employees and staff have between 3-4 seconds to determine if a robbery is about to take place or if a customer is being negligent.
Family Armory range rules state:
All firearms must enter our storefront AND exit the shooting area UNLOADED and INSIDE a range bag, case, or holster. EXCEPTION (A): Lawful open carry pieces can remain loaded. Holstering and unholstering must still occur within the designated shooting stall; NEVER in the parking lot. NEVER in the retail area. NEVER anywhere else on our property. EXCEPTION (B): Concealed carry pieces can remain loaded. Holstering and unholstering must still occur within the designated shooting stall; NEVER in the parking lot. NEVER in the retail area. NEVER anywhere else on our property.