Costco – Bans guns in all stores. Until last year they would intentionally and unethically deceive their members by not disclosing their policy in the membership agreement. In 2014 they added their no guns policy to the membership agreement.
We recommend you boycott Costco and shop at BJ’s Wholesale or Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club as more suitable gun-friendly warehouse stores. Also, Kroger has been very firm in their opposition to the gun control movement, and we encourage you to support them whenever possible as well.
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Below are two documents that appear to be sourced from within Costco. We can’t validate their authenticity but we believe them to be genuine.
One appears to be a Costco internal memo from Eric Harris, “Assistant Vice President at Costco Wholesale” to employees about their gun policy. Note that they specifically instruct the employees not to make their gun policy public.
The other document appears to be the form letter they use to respond to customer comments about their firearm policy.
Let’s make Costco’s anti-gun policy so well-known to the public that they will have to publicly acknowledge or remove it. Help us by sharing this page on pro-gun forums, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and others. (UPDATE: In 2014 Costco publicly acknowledged their status as a gun-free-zone thanks to pressure applied by unhappy gun owners.)
Below is the audio of a customer being told his rights are not respected on Costco property in May of 2013. He describes how he was lied to by Costco when he joined, and tells them he is going to return all the stuff he bought and close his membership.
They used to intentionally hide the fact that they have a policy that bans guns. They made it prohibitively difficult to learn about that policy unless you go through a number of steps on their corporate website. They used to hide their firearm policy on a third party website HERE.
Sometime during 2014 they decided to include this policy in their Member Privileges and Conditions. So there you have it. Costco is anti-gun, and unless you are on-duty law enforcement you are not welcome there with a firearm.
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Seattle, WA 98124
Costco.com Customer Service: 1-800-955-2292
General Member Service: 1-800-774-2678