Bad Business 101: No-Carry Gun Shop Insults Customer in Email About Carry Policy
Ed Levine, Founder of Virginia Open Carry and an Executive Member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League saw the above sign at a gun store called Absolutely Outdoors in Virginia, so he decided to email the owner about the policy and posted the resulting conversation to Facebook. According to a post on the Virginia Citizens Defense League Facebook page as well as a press release on AmmoLand.com, this is how that conversation went down:
On Jun 30, 2014 10:04 AM, [Ed Levine] wrote:
Someone told me that you guys have a sign on your door that prohibits the lawful carry of firearms by customers (unless they are law enforcement).
I just wanted to confirm that before I put the word out to 30,000 Virginia gun owners.
Founder – Virginia Open Carry
Executive Member – Virginia Citizens Defense League
NRA – Life member and Instructor
GOA – member
On Jun 30, 2014 11:16 AM, [Absolutely Outdoors] writes:
You need to add to your list of titles:
In desperate need of a life
life long member of the tiny dick club
Just plain stupid
Now that better describes you.
I’m usually there everyday so you should drop by and see me little man.
Granted, I do think Levine came off a little combative in the initial email, but the response by the owner is an example of what you DON’T do as a small business owner, especially in the gun community. We sent an email to the store’s address, but haven’t received a response (guessing the mailbox is pretty full). If anyone from the store wants to give a statement to add to the story, please email admin [at] gunssavelives.wpengine.com.
UPDATE: Here is a screenshot of the email exchange sent to use by Ed Levine. Emails redacted to protect privacy and prevent spam (contact info is out there if you want to find it).