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Curious: Why is Walmart always mentioned as the Concealed Carry Cherry?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by CDR_Glock, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010
    Sorry if it This was a rude question. I couldn't think of a better way to ask it.

    So every New CC License holder on the Internet talks about their first walk as a concealed carry member in Walmart. Why is that the case? Because it is the most common retail store in the country? Why not "The Mall" or "The Flea Market". I find those areas to be a higher functioning test since many more people are in your personal space.
  2. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Lot of people... if you're going to print, someone there is going to notice. Since every new CCW'er is worrying about printing... it's tough to imagine you being around more people than a busy Wal Mart.

    Wal Mart *generally* has a reasonable friendliness towards gun owners. If you print, you might get the police called on you by a patron, but it's unlikely the manager would require you to leave, etc.. would probably just ask you to keep the firearm concealed. (at least this is what I've always read when people get made at Wal Mart).

    Those are the main reasons.


    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]This policy is still in affect today 2012 and Wal Mart is progun/rights.[/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]
    Below is the letter I received from corporate HQ to confirm what I am referring to:

    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]DATE: Friday, April 16,1999 2:13 PM[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Subject: RE: Firearms[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Thank you for contacting Wal-Mart regarding our concealed handgun policy. Wal-Mart was founded by Sam Walton on three basic principles. Strive for Excellence, Service to our Customers, and Respect for the Individual. It is that respect for the individual that led us to create the current policy pertaining to concealed handguns.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]The following is our policy......If a Wal-Mart customer has been awarded a concealed handgun license by the state government, Wal-Mart will follow the direction of the state. However, if at anytime while on Wal-Mart property, that customer's concealed weapon becomes visible to Wal-Mart associates or customers, Wal-Mart reserves the right to ask the customer to either reposition the weapon so that it will not be visible, to remove the weapon completely or to leave Wal-Mart property, With the exception of law enforcement personnel, Wal-Mart does not allow any exposed weapons to be worn or carried in public view on Wal-Mart property or in Wal-Mart stores. Customers other than law enforcement personnel wearing or carrying a weapon in an exposed manner will be asked to leave the property immediately.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]We appreciate your concern and trust that this message has addressed your concerns regarding this issue.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Thank you,[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]This policy is still in affect today 2011.[/FONT]
  4. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    I've open carried at Wal-Mart multiple times, at least three different locations. Never had an issue.

    I talk guns/ammo availability with the 'outdoor/camping' associates nearly everytime I'm there (you know, have to wait for them to show with a key to get ammo).
  5. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

    Feb 21, 2009
    There was a humor thread about it on here.

  6. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    The Walmart trip is for ammo, WWB in the caliber of your choice, and to quell the fears that everyone is looking at the non-existent bulge on your waist. Once you make the Walmart walk...hey, you're good to go.

    Now, the nacho thing, it's on the map, however it has nothing to do with the Walmart walk. The nacho legend is related to buying a concealed carry badge. Long ago someone asked about carrying a CC badge for whatever reason. Another member said to forget the badge and spend the money on a huge plate of nachos - the nachos are a better use of ones money.

    As newbies joined GT, the two stories started merging. They are totally separate.
  7. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    As I remember it, WalterGA was - if not the originator, then - the poster who always made wisecracks about Wal-Mart and nachos.
  8. Deye76


    Feb 25, 2011
    Maybe it's cause a lot of walmart customers wear their pajamas to the store. Easier to print when dresssed "hillbilly". One more reason to stay away from walmarts.
  9. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    Way back when....

    The running joke around here was that you had to go to walmart to get nachos on your first day with your CHL. Just to show you that no one is going to notice. It's a bit of GT tradition. Unfortunately, most walmarts don't serve nachos any more.

    Ahh the good ol' days, when GTCI used to be frequented by threads with the word "Nachos" in the title.

    Times change.
  10. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Walmart is as close as many of these people will ever get to a dangerous neighborhood. It's very exciting and scary for them. It helps them imagine they are about to get into a gunfight.

    You've never read the threads about almost drawing because somebody walked too close to a GTer in the Walmart parking lot? (Yes, that was at least 1 real thread here)
  11. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    You had to be there.

    Happyguy :)
  12. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    That is good information! :)
  13. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
    No matter where you go, there Wal-Mart is.
  14. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    No, no, no, Doc...
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
  15. Rick C

    Rick C affiant

    Aug 1, 2001
    NW FL
    The infamous thread about pocket carry in Victoria’s Secret was immediately locked and deleted, thus never attaining the legendary status of first time CCW and nachos.:whistling:
  16. Redheadhunter21


    May 6, 2012
    It was the first place I CC'd, but I needed target ammo, and had just gotten my holster earlier that day. Kinda worked out that way, saw some friends even gave one a hug they had no idea.
  17. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    Well, I am correct for my time. Thanks for the information on the historical underpinnings of the story I used to enjoy.
  18. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    I'm guessing it got closed due to debate over who was packing compact or full sized models??? :whistling:
  19. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    If I'm not mistaken WalterGA had something to say about many too fat GT members spending too much money on the nachos as well.

    Too bad we can't resurrect some of those old threads. Gecko45's mall ninja thread was a classic.

    Happyguy :)
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
  20. Rick C

    Rick C affiant

    Aug 1, 2001
    NW FL
    It quickly deteriorated into measurements, as do most threads.