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    Arrow 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





    ANTI-GUN BUSINESSES
    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.

    GARY
    US Steel Mill (Industrial) -- GARY, IN - Confiscate Weapons at Gate - INGO link

    HAMMOND
    EZ Pawn -- 6752 Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, IN - Posted Sign - INGO link

    MERRILLVILLE
    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

    VALPARAISO
    Porter County Fair
    -- VALPARAISO, IN - Posted Sign - INGO link


    GUN-NEUTRAL BUSINESSES
    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!

    DYER
    Pet's Supply Plus (Retail) --INGO link
    Texas Roadhouse (Restaurant?) -- INGO link

    HAMMOND
    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

    HIGHLAND
    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

    MUNSTER
    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

    SCHERERVILLE
    Hooter's (Restaurant) -- INGO link
    Wal-Mart (Retail) -- INGO link


    PRO-GUN BUSINESSES
    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.


    CEDAR LAKE
    Pit Stop Cigar Lounge & Smoke Shop
    -- Wicker Ave @ 132nd Street, CEDAR LAKE - INGO Link

    MERRILLVILLE
    Pit Stop Smoke Shop
    -- N.E. Corner US30 and RT55, MERRILLVILLE - INGO Link

    PORTAGE

    Bass Pro Shop
    (Retail Sporting Goods)-- Portage, IN - INGO link
    SCHERERVILLE
    Pit Stop Cigar Lounge & Smoke Shop
    -- US30 in Pine Island Plaza, SCHERERVILLE - INGO Link




    NOTES
    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 01:25.
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    Costco in Merrilville,IN has a sign posted No Firearms Allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truegrit View Post
    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.
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    the sign is at the front of the store to your right near where they sell tires

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill B View Post
    ...the only restriction that I have seen is keep it holstered unless it's been checked and cleared.
    By whom?
    ACAB

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    Quote Originally Posted by public servant View Post
    By whom?
    The service desk right inside the front doors.
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubbie View Post
    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.

    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:

    http://ingunowners.com/forums/carry_...ork_armed.html

    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 11:59.
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    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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