List of Pro-Gun & Anti-Gun Stores (Northwest Indiana)
We often discuss our encounters at various stores and report back to the forum, whether they be good or bad encounters, regarding their official stance on carrying guns. The goal of this thread is to create a consolidated list of pro-gun & anti-gun stores in Northwest Indiana. If this goes well other people may want to create a thread listing stores in your neck of the woods.
This thread will entail "District 1," defined as:
- Lake County
- Porter County
- LaPorte County
- Newton County
- Jasper County
The Anti-Gun list will entail stores that have an official policy for restricting carry in their stores. This might have been determined by a visibly posted sign, an encounter with a manager, reading the employee handbook, etc. If at some point the store vindicates themselves we will make a note of it.
US Steel Mill (Industrial) -- GARY, IN - Confiscate Weapons at Gate - INGO link
EZ Pawn -- 6752 Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, IN - Posted Sign - INGO link
Costco (Retail/Grocery)-- US Hwy 30, MERRILLVILLE, IN - Posted Sign - INGO link
Portillo's (Restaurant) -- US Hwy 30, MERRILLVILLE, IN - Posted Sign - INGO link
Value City (Retail)-- US Hwy 30, MERRILLVILLE, IN -- Posted Sign -- INGO link
Porter County Fair -- VALPARAISO, IN - Posted Sign - INGO link
The Gun-Neutral list contains a list of businesses that have no rules on the books about carrying, have no signs posted prohibiting it, and the management do not acknowledge one way or another your decision to carry. Unless you tell me otherwise!
Pet's Supply Plus (Retail) --INGO link
Texas Roadhouse (Restaurant?) -- INGO link
Cabela's (Retail, Sporting Goods) -- Indianapolis Blvd, HAMMOND, IN -- INGO link
Credit Union Service Center (Bank) --INGO link
Deb's Gun (Gun Shop) -- INGO link
Food-4-Less (Grocery) -- INGO link
Home Depot (Retail) --INGO link
Menard's (Retail) -- INGO link
Wal-Mart (Retail) -- INGO link
Langel's (Restaurant) -- INGO link
Liquor Stop (Liquor) -- INGO link
Pepperjack's (Restaurant) -- INGO link
Meijer (Retail) -- INGO link
Target (Retail) -- INGO link
Ultra (Grocery) -- INGO link
Walgreens (Pharmacy) -- Hwy 41 & Ridge Rd -- INGO link
Commander, The (Restaurant) -- INGO link
Fortune House Chinese (Restaurant) -- INGO link
Game Stop (Retail Electronics) -- INGO link
Long John Silver's (Restaurant) -- INGO link
Target (Retail) -- INGO link
Hooter's (Restaurant) -- INGO link
Wal-Mart (Retail) -- INGO link
The Pro-Gun list will be a shorter list of stores that have proved themselves to be true friends of gun-owners. I don't think it will be necessary to list every gun shop as a pro-gun store. And this mostly pertains to carry policies, but other aspects should be considered as well.
Pit Stop Cigar Lounge & Smoke Shop -- Wicker Ave @ 132nd Street, CEDAR LAKE - INGO Link
Pit Stop Smoke Shop -- N.E. Corner US30 and RT55, MERRILLVILLE - INGO Link
Bass Pro Shop (Retail Sporting Goods)-- Portage, IN - INGO link
Pit Stop Cigar Lounge & Smoke Shop -- US30 in Pine Island Plaza, SCHERERVILLE - INGO Link
Please think hard and contribute so we can get a respectable list going here. I will continue to edit the Original Post as we go. When adding a suggestion let us know the following;
- The name of the store.
- The type of store (restaurant, clothing store, furniture, etc)
- The address (at least what street the store is on).
- The town.
- Summarized comments on what happened in the store.
- Include a thread link where applicable, if it has been discussed elsewhere.
- Is the comment regarding official policy or a mere encounter with an employee?
Last edited by rambone; 10-03-2009 at 00:25.
Costco in Merrilville,IN has a sign posted No Firearms Allowed.
Where is that sign? I go there frequently. I have heard people say that but have never been able to locate the sign.
Originally Posted by truegrit
the sign is at the front of the store to your right near where they sell tires
This might be too obvious, buuuuut Cabelas in Hammond is gun freindly, the only restriction that I have seen is keep it holstered unless it's been checked and cleared.
Originally Posted by Bill B
The service desk right inside the front doors.
Originally Posted by public servant
The sign at the door says something along the lines of all firemarms must be cased and checked at the service desk, this doesn't apply to holders of concealed carry permits.
In the gun department upstairs there are many signs saying do unholster your weapon to check fit of new holsters. If you want to check a new holster with your weapon it has to cased and checked/cleared at the service desk first.
Just wondering what makes a store pro-gun? Is it any store we've gone to multiple times and not been asked to leave? Seems like only OC'ers will know which stores are gun friendly unless there is a sign saying firearms allowed. I could rattle off a crap load of stores & restaurants that I've OC'd in and not been bothered in any way.
Originally Posted by Jubbie
Well.... I initially was thinking this Pro-Gun list would be honorable mentions of stores who have specifically done something positive in reaction to your gun-carrying. Like a positive experience talking to a manager, or a store who encourages its workers to be armed, like this one:
But maybe we should also include a "Neutral Stores" list who have no rules on the books and don't bug you about it. Go ahead, lay em on me. I'm revising the OP to include Gun-Neutral Businesses.
Last edited by rambone; 09-29-2009 at 10:59.
I would like to propose that the state legislature pass a law that any business that restricts the lawfully carrying of a firearm in their place of business must supply a secure lockable place to store your firearm in while in their place of business. Such as the hospital emergency area and the casino have . Pointing out how removing and locking your weapon in your locked car -truck when you enter their business is an invitation to have them broken into and stolen. If they don't want weapons to be carried lawfully they should bear some responsibility. Can this be done.
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