Last Wednesday, this column reported on the fact that Jo-Ann’s stores are posted against legally carried firearms. An appeal was made to Jo-Ann’s to remove the signs. This column received two contradictory replies from Jo-Ann’s, the first of which can be read HERE. The second reply,
Thank you for contacting Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Customer Service. We apologize for our delay in responding.
Requests to remove firearm prohibition signs posted on Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores must be directed to the specific property landlord as we do not own the property and therefore cannot either grant or deny approval.
You may contact Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Customer Service via phone at 1-888-739-4120, Monday through Saturday, 9 am – 7 pm Eastern Time.
Customer Service Coordinator
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
prompted me to contact the contact Darrell Webb, Chairman of the Board (Darrell.Webb@joann.com), with this email:
Dear Mr. Webb:
Last week, after seeing a NO GUNS sign at your store in Knoxville, TN, I emailed your customer service with a request that you reconsider the policy re NO GUNS. At that time, I mentioned that I would post the answer in my nationally read Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner column. I received a short terse answer, which I posted in my Examiner column, along with the text of my original email, which can be read HERE.
Tonight, I received another email from someone else at your customer service, which conflicts with the first answer, and is the email forwarded below. These answers conflict with one another. Note, also, that I was informed by a local employee that they can’t even adjust the temperature locally. Everything is controlled by HQ.
Again, I am a hopeful that Jo-Ann’s will thoughtfully reconsider banning guns at your stores. It stands to reason that the criminal will ignore your ban, while law-abiding gun owners must necessarily take their business to your competitors.
Should Jo-Ann’s change this policy and remove the signs, I will announce that in my column, just as I did when Mast General Store changed their policy.
Mr. Webb handed off to Annette Garsteck, who replied with this email:
I apologize for the confusion of receiving two different responses from my Customer Service team.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores policy is as first conveyed to you in the original e-mail reply.
Manager, Customer Service
So at this point, Jo-Ann’s continues to be posted, although a contact in Virginia states that the JoAnn’s she shopped at is not posted.
Readers should be aware that you take two possible risks if you go into Jo-Ann’s.
- Arrest and conviction if you go armed (depending on the state you are in).
- Being in a no guns zone, where the only armed people are criminals, may be hazardous to your health and very life.
You choose. You decide. And let the management at Jo-Ann’s know your shopping plans.
Note, also that there are mom and pop quilt shops all across the nation. An internet search quickly located ten shops in the Knoxville area. As mentioned in the earlier post on Jo-Ann’s, there are other stores that sell fabric, including Wal-Mart, and online at Hancock’s.
Check out the MJM Blog over at Luck Gunner.
Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.
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