I recently drove to Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM) in Kansas City with the intention of making a purchase. As my husband and I approached the door, we noticed the sign telling me that we were not welcome. The store proudly displays the NO conceal carry sign. We returned to our car rather than enter the store. Before we left the parking lot, I was on the phone asking for a manger. My call was transferred to one of the Store Directors. We had a very nice conversation, but she couldn’t give me any information as to why the store was against my Second Amendment right. I asked if there was someone else I could speak with, and she said I could leave a message for the Head Store Director, Mr. Ed Lipsett. I left a message and was pleasantly surprised when he returned my call three days later.
Mr. Lipsett was very friendly, and we had a nice, thirty-minute conversation. He said he personally believed in the Second Amendment and that he himself owned guns. He also said that he does not have a CCH. At first, he attempted to explain how safe it was to shop at NFM. He told me how plain clothed security officers were on every floor, that entrances and exits were monitored and how sophisticated their in-store camera surveillance system was. I explained to Mr. Lipsett that my decision to not enter his store had nothing to do with my personal safety and everything to do with the store going against my 2a right! So, he switched arguments and started talking about insurance. He told me many insurance companies won’t insure a building/business if they allow conceal carry. He never actually said that their insurance company said this, but he implied that it was a problem. I told him that insurance companies were a business like everything else and if they were loosing business because large companies wouldn’t do business with them, they would change their practice. I then asked him if the store had metal detectors to insure that no one was bringing in a weapon. He told me they didn’t. He also told me that their security officers don’t carry guns, but he couldn’t tell me anything else because he didn’t want to compromise their “extremely sophisticated security system.”
I volunteered to come in and talk with him and his staff about how allowing CCH to carry does not compromise safety, and that I could show him that he was actually encouraging criminals because they were safer knowing that law abiding citizens were gun free once they entered the store. He turned down my offer. We ended the conversation with him telling me that he hoped he had not lost me as a customer. I told him he had. Then I explained that I was going to do everything in my power to encourage others to not enter his store. I left my name and number with him and asked him to call me if he noticed a drop in business and he wanted to resume our talk.
This is where you come in. How important is the Second Amendment to you? Are you willing to make a stand and support your conviction? I was bothered recently when someone told me that they very much support the 2a, but the minute they needed a new household appliance they ran to NFM because they had the best price. How about you? Are you willing to sell your right to own and carry a personal firearm for $30.00?
Kansas State Rifle Association
Director at Large