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Kohl's....

Citizen

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Welcome to OCDO!! (open carry dot org)

Sorry you got grief. In a way, you're not baptized until you do. So, now you're officially an OCer! :)
 

deepdiver

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Welcome to the forum! I'm always happy to see the ladies join us and spread the freedom of OC.

Just wanted to say welcome and I'm sure others familiar with state law or Kohl's policy will be along to address your specific matter.
 

Maverick9

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Sounds like you got railroaded by Kohl's. Why did you go back?

Are you running an audio recorder when you OC? You should. Otherwise you can't address harassment.

Good for you OC-ing despite having a bit of a weenie for a husband, lol.

Contact Kohl's mgmt and give them the name of this 'manager' to have her counseled.

Good luck and welcome to OCDO.
 

solus

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welcome to the forum Milady, and deepdiver, apparently she is a cyclist...excellent.

my magick on al gores invention this morning is weak and the only thing i found searching for kohl's firearm policy was references to OC forum posting.

Ms Mullis, here is the link to kohl's executive management...do not try to discuss the issue with the peons in the store or across the counters...

http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=61243

without specifically stating you got ousted. just ask nicely in a letter to each of these individuals what company policy for carry of firearms in their stores. please do not mention oc or cc or the response will hone in on that subject alone to respond back to you. you just want to know if their stores follow state statutes.

of interest, kohl's exec for customer is an individual who worked for 16 years for starbucks before joining the kohl's exec mgmt team.

again welcome and perhaps the next time you wave at another on a scoot in passing we might have shared smiles.

ipse
 
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BB62

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...without specifically stating you got ousted. just ask nicely in a letter to each of these individuals what company policy for carry of firearms in their stores...
Dian Mullis: unless you have knowledge of Kohl's policy with regard to firearms (and it seems you do because the store wasn't posted) please DO NOT start your fact-finding mission by writing letters.

Department stores aren't the same as places like Home Depot, where mostly manly men prowl the aisles, and state gun laws are followed. I think department store marketing people would say that they have more of an "air" about them than hardware stores.

As such, asking about their policy in the absence of signage could be just the catalyst they need to start a policy discussion which may result in signage - and I could certainly see them posting "No open carry" signage as a half-step.

The next time you shop there openly carrying, and are stopped by an associate who tells you that firearm carry/OC is "against policy", ask if the person is a manager, and assuming they aren't, ask nicely to see the policy - which more likely than not applies to employees only. If the individual becomes insistent, ask to see a manager.

This is where you get to use the fact that you're a woman in a largely woman's business! You're not some hulking guy with a sidearm in a department store, you're a Mom with her child - use it to your advantage as necessary.

Again, asking in writing about policy is one way to get the legal department in on things - and legal departments (as well as the sales department) are risk averse. If the visible carrying (or invisible carrying) of firearms is deemed to be a risk to the bottom line, a policy may very well be put into place. Don't be the catalyst for that initiative.
 

Citizen

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SNIP The next time you shop there openly carrying, and are stopped by an associate who tells you that firearm carry/OC is "against policy", ask if the person is a manager, and assuming they aren't, ask nicely to see the policy - which more likely than not applies to employees only. If the individual becomes insistent, ask to see a manager.

This is where you get to use the fact that you're a woman in a largely woman's business! You're not some hulking guy with a sidearm in a department store, you're a Mom with her child - use it to your advantage as necessary.
Just be careful not to get detained for trespass. Meaning, just talk nicely in a friendly way. If the store employee doesn't seem inclined to talk, I wouldn't push my luck. Or, at least securely store the gun and then come back to discuss it. The last thing you want is an annoyed, angry, or scared store employee calling police, and then you get arrested.

I'm more in favor of simply saying, "Oh, I'm sorry. I'll leave right now. Will you walk with me to the door?" And, then have any conversation about policy or talking to a manager while you're on your way out.
 

Maverick9

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Just be careful not to get detained for trespass. Meaning, just talk nicely in a friendly way. If the store employee doesn't seem inclined to talk, I wouldn't push my luck. Or, at least securely store the gun and then come back to discuss it. The last thing you want is an annoyed, angry, or scared store employee calling police, and then you get arrested.

I'm more in favor of simply saying, "Oh, I'm sorry. I'll leave right now. Will you walk with me to the door?" And, then have any conversation about policy or talking to a manager while you're on your way out.
I agree with Citizen. Hand the guy your purchases and be sure and say "I'll be buying those diamond earrings down the street at (insert carry friendly jewelry store)".

I would not argue, or ask questions. On the other hand if they asked me 'are you (blah, blah, blah)', I'd just ignore them or maybe say "Sorry I don't have time to talk to you" and leave.
 

WalkingWolf

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I don't like yuppie businesses, so I doubt we would be in Kohls much. But putting pressure on the companies has most times resulted in policy in favor of state law. We have been through this with several businesses. Even Target, Starbucks, Chipotle, and others did not ban guns, and made it very clear they would not trespass open carriers. I see nothing wrong with contacting corporate, and if they turn you away, give someone else your money.
 

Citizen

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SNIP
And Solus, I have a blue Yamaha R1 if you see me scooting around :cool:
It occurs to me that when I was in school, never once was a kid able to brag, "My mom rides a motorcycle!"

Oh, man, the bragging rights and coolness factor would have been off the scale!
 
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solus

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Milady, sweet, you have one of those (wow hard core scoot)...nice ride...this gentleman is HD dyna convertible...climb on and before you can say i wanta go here, you are climbing off the bike...

where ya'l put the youn's or aren't they allowed piggyback with ya?

enjoy the site and your OC'g...tell your partner to get with the pgm as you take them to a OC meet and greet, if you can't find one...see next sentence

keep the rubber down and when i am up in your neck of the woods this summer i'll give ya a week or so and buy you and your partner a cup of coffee/chai...

...

ipse
 

Citizen

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I don't know if they brag about that, but my daughter wrote up a story of our new house and she went on and on about how I laid the tile in each room, then how I poured the concrete countertops in the bathrooms and the kitchen and how I did the general contracting. When my husband asked her why she didn't mention that he painted the whole inside of the house she just shrugged :lol:
Hahahahahahaha!! Poor dad.
 

solus

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nice touch...poor olde fathers under appreciated until such time as they have to pay and give the bride away...

(pay for their trip to vegas ~ cheeper!!)

ipse
 

rightwinglibertarian

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I have been OCing for about 3 weeks on my weekends now, usually in Target, Menards, etc...no issues. Tonight my 9 year old and I go to Kohl's in Rogers, MN. There are 3 cop cars outside arresting a shoplifter. I start walking in the store with my 9 year old and pass one cop walking out, he barely notices me. Start walking in the store looking for kids clothes, then some lady who works at Kohl's comes up behind me and says "Can I help you Ma'am?" and I say we are going to look kids clothes. She looks at my gun then back and me and says "You can't have that in here" and I say "Well I have my permit..." so she repeats herself again and then I say that it's also not posted on the door...so she says again that store policy is that it is not allowed...so I calmly say that I will put my firearm in my car and come back. So I do that then as I'm leaving I notice 2 of the cops are still in the parking lot hanging around, they watch me leave, then I'm pretty sure they left right after I did.

I really didn't appreciate being treated like that :mad: and this was the first time I've been confronted about my OC.

On the upside to things, I found this forum looking for the Kohl's policy and am glad to read of other people who OC. My husband was against me OCing but now he's getting used to it...he just thought I would get a lot of unwanted attention.

PS I had a chuckle when I read that other motorcycle riders also OC, I do too! ha!

First of all welcome. Second I would never mention signs unless they have the force of law in your state and even then only in the context of complaining to management about potentially being penalised for wanting to protect yourself. Third - boycott. Any establishment you are thrown out of for carrying or has no gun signs does not deserve your money
 

SW40VE-OC

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I'm not really sure, but it seems that your Kohl's problem is a local, specific store/specific employee issue. I've been OC in my local store (Sparks, NV) and haven't had any comment. I suggest asking to speak to a manager directly to verify the written policy for your area. 2acheck.com gives Kohl's an "A" grade for their corporate policy to allow weapons.
My $.02. Not worth as much because of inflation.
 

PeterNSteinmetz

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Welcome to OCDO. Nice to see another OC'er in MN. I'm from there originally and have a non-resident permit, though now live in the more gun friendly state of AZ. We will be in the Vadnais Heights area July 2-6 this year. PM me if you feel like putting together an OC event during that time frame.
 

protias

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If you do get harassed again, asked to speak with the manager. I've never had a problem carrying in a Kohl's.
 
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