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Just as a “teachable moment,” as some like to say, here is an example of why we have to be careful when a company tells us they “comply with all laws” instead of telling us their exact policy.  Whole Foods uses “the law” as their rationale for being able to ban firearms.  Others (like Target) use it when they mean to say they allow lawful carry.  The law in most cases leaves the decision up the the company.  Never be satisfied with “our company follows all the laws…blah, blah, blah.”  It’s just a way for them to dismiss your question without answering it.  Make sure they spell out their policy for you.

We did thank Whole Foods for being very clear and precise with their response, even though we disagreed with it.  We also asked them to at least consider allowing permitted concealed carry in their stores.

Below is their response to our inquiry:

“Hello <2ACheck>,

Thank you for your question. Whole Foods Market does have a “No Firearms” policy. No one, including Team Members, customers and vendors, may bring firearms, concealed weapons, explosives or the like to any Whole Foods Market store/facility location. Only commissioned law enforcement officers or other authorized security personnel are permitted to have firearms on Company premises.

While individuals in the company may have personal opinions regarding the 2nd Amendment, Whole Foods Market does not take a political position on this issue, nor is our policy intended to infer a lack of support for the 2nd Amendment. Whole Foods Market’s policy is based on state law, which allows businesses to establish and enforce a “No Firearms” policy in our stores as part of state criminal trespass laws.

We recognize that you have a choice in where you shop – and we appreciate your business.

If you have any further questions please use our online response form.

Best regards,

Rachael

Rachael Gruver | Global Customer Information Specialist | Whole Foods Market | 550 Bowie Street | Austin, Texas 78703″

Contact them:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/customer-service

World Headquarters

Whole Foods Market, Inc.
550 Bowie Street
Austin, TX 78703-4644

512-477-4455
512-477-5566 voicemail
512-482-7000 fax

68 Comments

  1. My wife and I stopped shopping at WF when the signs first appeared and haven’t been back since. Just to satisfy my own curiosity I did a little research. In the states in which WF operates stores there are slightly over 9,000,000 individuals with active carry permits. Put another way, WF has banned (and alienated) a group larger than the population of our largest city, NY. This is a classic example of knee-jerk ideology superseding good business sense. But then, when, in the history of politics, has any liberal given one moment’s consideration to the consequences of their actions? It’s all about emotion and agenda. In fact, if you send a message to Sprouts Markets questioning their no gun policy, you’ll get an almost verbatim response to the one from WF cited in this forum. We don’t shop there anymore either.
    Incidentally, Vitamin Cottage and Trader Joe’s have the same items and TJ’s is consistently less expensive.

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  2. The State of Tennessee just passed a law making the store liable for any injuries or financial loss for anyone that legally carries but can’t because of this unconstitutional policy even if they are going to their car to get their firearm during a crime

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    • Steven M. Smith

      Well done Tennessee. Thank you for making laws to help protect people from stupid unconstitutional companies.

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    • Actually, they should be held liable for ANY violent act in the store since their policy possibly prevented anyone else that might have brought their weapon into the store.

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  3. Mountain Brook (Alabama) police are searching for a gunman who robbed a woman at Whole Foods on U.S. 280 this afternoon (Aug. 8th). No gun zone working well for the safety of their customers.

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  4. Come on! It’s Whole Foods! Is anyone surprised they are anti-gun? I have seen more hipster/hippies there than at a Greatful Dead concert and skinny jeans convention !!!

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  5. HOMER DOUGLAS

    I know it means nothing to whole foods,but I averaged spending 150-200 a week at whole foods on six forks road in raleigh nc .but now i promise i will never spend another PENNY there EVER

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  6. They just opened a store in Fayetteville, AR. Arkansas ‘aint exctly a gun-free state. I posted a Yelp review of my disdain with a 1-star review. They replied explaining that their policy was to keep their staff and guests safe.

    I revised my review explaining that every active shooter massacre was a massacre due to a lack of active and willing concealed carry citizens, and that their policy actually makes their staff and customers LESS safe. I alsoasked them to revise their explanation to include “Whole Foods is anti-gun and/or 2nd Amendment”.

    You want to hit them with honest and fair opinion? Write a review on Yelp about how you feel unsafe and disrespected, only if that is how yu actually feel.

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  7. I will respect any company’s “No Guns Allowed” policy by shopping elsewhere. If the policy were amended to “the UNLICENSED possession of a handgun on these premises is prohibited” I would continue to patronize that business. Real criminals won’t respect the company’s signs or policy.

    A person with a handgun license/permit:

    - has never been convicted of a felony
    - has never been convicted of a crime of violence
    - has never been convicted of domestic violence
    - is not addicted to, nor uses illegal drugs
    - is not under any indictment or a fugitive from justice
    - has passed both State and Federal background checks

    By comparison, what is known about other customers of that business?

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  12. I will not give up my rights as an American citizen!! I will carry anywhere I choose! So Screw you Whole a foods! I used to love your stores!

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    • The sad thing is that they’re perfectly happy with your statement. So are the other gun paranoid types. To them, you’re just one less pissed off gun carrier in their store that they won’t have to worry about. They don’t want you in there, nor do their gun-fearing patrons. Sad when you think about it.

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  13. Was not aware of the position of whole foods, I choose to shop at a Business that supports every Americans right to lawfully own and carry a firearm. As stated in an earlier comment criminal also do not care or follow laws!!!
    Just think how many people lives might have been saved if there were someone trained and Carrying a gun at the time of all these mass shootings, terrorist related or not. I hope none of you anti gun people ever have to be confronted by a criminal with a gun!!! But if you do I would bet you would be wishing you could defend yourself against that criminal. Well if your lucky you would be standing next to this legal, trained properly, red white and blue true American that would go out of his way to protect your ass and anyone else that is around you!!!!

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  14. WHOLE FOODS SUCKS ANYWAY- WHY WOULD YOU BUY THERE-KROGERS- MY STORE LET THE CRIMINALS SHOP THERE

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  15. Las Vegas local

    This is interesting. Where do you people live that you need to carry a gun to buy organic food like you’re going to get shot up at a vegan loving dye free establishment? I shop at Whole Foods almost daily because it has specialized organic food not because I feel safer because people carry guns. Although I question the thought process of people when they think everyone’s trying to kill them with their illegally concealed gun. Sadly enough the person who killed the robber probably feels proud they weren’t robbed only they should realize they killed someone and that is absolute.

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    • If a shooting is not a concern, then why is my gun a problem.

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    • Sara Sterry Rutter

      I am sure that is what was going on in the minds of those who patronize Panara. “No one would ever come into a bread/coffee eatery to shoot up someone” But that is what happened. We live in a world with individuals that choose to live a criminal life style and lack respect for anyone that does not support their beliefs. Criminals and terrorists look for the soft spots to target. Those that may not be protected. Law abiding citizens, who pass all the regulations in regards to open carry should be protected by their 2nd Amendment rights. Store owners not knowing who has passed these regulations lawfully have a right within their own businesses to ban guns within there establishments. It’s a difficult decision with so many criminals having guns.

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    • Have you ever been to a whole foods parking lot ? They don’t want people carrying guns so the birkenstock sporting, hairy legged, squeezed into yoga pants 3 sizes too small, prius driving, vegan social worker does not get shot by the health conscious professional just trying to park their car and grab a quick healthy lunch.

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  16. Unarmed and Happy

    Shop where you want. Kudos to Whole Foods for sticking to their…er…policy. They have my support.

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    • Idiot! It’s our right as American citizens to bear arms. You can give your rights away if you choose, but leave mine alone!

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      • Easy there, “Unarmed and Happy” isn’t saying you don’t have your right to carry. He’s just saying he supports WF’s rights. He obviously hasn’t thought through the “good guy / bad guy with a gun” scenario since he’s okay with disarming the good guy, but I don’t think he’s bashing you, personally.

        Some people feel that less guns is better, regardless of who’s hand the gun is in. “Unarmed” is apparently more comfortable with the thought of not being able to defend himself with a gun., than carring one, or trusting anyone else to carry one.

        If a bad guy attacked him, or held a gun on him, he would rather take his chances – he feels more comfortable with an armed bad guy being in the store than you, a background checked, non felon, fingerprinted, trained concealed carry holder who could defend him. Kinda crazy, but apparently true.

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      • Keep in mind tlbjr1992Tim, WHOLE FOODS has the right to not allow guns on their property. They are not taking away your rights, they are simply saying “not here”. It’s like 20 years ago when certain places were banning smoking. They had the right to say “no smoking in our store” or “on our plane” just like you have the right to not allow liberals in your house.

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        • Alex you are right in most states, but not in my state. In Indiana there is a set list of “gun free” places: jails, courtrooms, river boats, ports, schools, federal buildings, state fair grounds…. In Indiana a bissness has no rights about licensed patrons having firearms. You have a permit, you carry a gun end of story. Whole foods knows this, if they find out you have a gun in an Indiana store, they say you’re trespassing and refuse to check you out. They know the law isn’t on there side because they won’t call the police. I don’t want to be rude, or imply you’re wrong. I just wanted to inform you that whole foods doesn’t always have the rights they tell you they have.

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  17. Thank you to Whole Foods!

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  18. These lefties cannot help themselves but we can help ourselves by not shopping at Whole Foods! We were in Austin, TX,, same place as HDQ for Whole Foods. That weekend was the dedication of a monument to remember Texans that died in the Vietnam War. Day before the dedication, wife and I were looking for the site. We found ourselves near the front steps of Texas State Capital building. We opened the door and a lady asked if she could help us. I told her we would like to come in but I was carrying and had a license. A man scanned my Conceded License and said come in. Wife was not carrying and they put her through the equivalent of Airport Security.

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  19. I just was directed to the 2ACheck website where they indicated that Whole Foods had received a failing grade regarding 2nd Amendment “rights” and asking that folks boycott Whole Foods. I am emailing you to let you know that I fully support your policy and will NOT be boycotting Whole Foods.

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    • Fred, when you say you’re emailing, and you fully support the policy, who’s? It sounds as if you support Whole Food’s policy. If so, then I guess you’re saying that like Whole Foods, you prefer places of business where criminals carry concealed guns regardless of the law, and law abiding folks cannot, and won’t. You do realize that in a place like Whole Foods, the bad guys don’t follow the law (and know you won’t have one), and the good guys do follow the law (and don’t carry guns), right? If this is the case, I’m trying to understand why you feel more comfortable in that situation. Personally, I don’t carry a gun, but I’m glad other licensed civilians do, and I plan to in the near future. Just yesterday on the Dallas news, as guy was robbed at gunpoint in his car, he pulled a gun and shot the robber, who died. The victim was shot too, but he will live. What if that victim was you, and you were in Whole Foods when it happened?

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    • Here’s what I told them:
      I have been a loyal customer of Whole Foods for many years in (state). To me it is worth the extra time and effort to eat healthy. I also am a law abiding citizen who owns firearms for personal protection and potentially the protection of others around me. I noticed a sign in your (city) store stating that you do not allow concealed carry in your store. Did you know that criminals do not follow rules or obey signs restricting their intent? To a criminal, a sign like this is only an open invitation to cause harm to many defenseless citizens who, because of their lack of criminal intent, were unconstitutionally disarmed by a sign on your door in order to purchase food for their families. There have been countless instances where a good person with a gun saved their life and even the lives of others long before police were even called. On the other hand, there have been many times where this saving grace was prevented due to signage such as yours. If you choose not to welcome honest Americans like myself to safely shop in your stores, then for my own safety, I will shop elsewhere. I will not allow you to disarm me, and to give free victims to someone who may be a criminal. In life there will always been good and evil, but taking away the good only allows for more evil.

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    • Hi Fred, I’m also a regular customer at Whole Foods and I just sent them an email of support for the gun-free policy, too, assuring them that as long as they continue this policy, they will continue to have my business.

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      • Gigi, what does that mean to you? Do you really think the bad guys will leave their guns outside? They won’t. So who in the store will have a gun? Think about it.

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  20. I was just at a Whole Foods in Columbus Ohio.
    It doesnt have the gun buster sign.
    It did have the old, now irrelevant/obsolete sign that warns if you are carrying that this is an alcohol establishment, but Walmart also posts that sign and Walmart doesnt ban guns here at all, so that particular signage doesnt mean anything by law, it has to be the ‘no guns’ at all type sign in order to carry the weight of law.
    So did Whole foods change some policy or something?

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  21. Open Carry is one issue, but a complete gun ban is another… Either way, why spend money in a company that will use corporate profits to support anti-gun candidates and/or legislation?

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  22. I am all for 2nd Amendment and open carry. And also for the pursuit of happiness for shoppers who do not feel happy around guns. Seriously, why open carry at the grocery store? You should be doing it at city hall.

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    • Did you someone miss the shootings that happen just about EVERYWHERE?
      I carry EVERYWHERE. And its preposterous to think that a violent crime cant happen at the store, friend.
      Criminals get you where you LEAST expect it.

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    • So people must not feel happy around cops then? The sad thing is that people have bought into the lie that guns are bad.
      Guns gave you freedom. Guns gave us America. The second amendment is about keeping all of that, don’t forget it.

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  23. I’m sitting in a whole foods now. Just realizing there anti gun policy. I’m mad. I’m a pro gun rights oranic eating GMO hater. Whole foods change your dangerous policy. This is pissing me off as I sit here.

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    • Shop at a Natural Grocers (Vitamin Cottage) instead. I open carry in there all the time and they are way better than W(t)F anyway. ALL of their produce is organic and is well priced. Also HyVee is getting a great organic section nowadays, I also open carry all the time in there. People are actually welcoming to it. One lady told me she felt safer knowing someone like me was walking around with a gun. She said, “I know when I see you, if someone came in here you would save my life!”
      You know what? She’s right. I would give my life to save others, I hope the day where I have to shoot someone to save a life never comes but if it does, at least I’ll be ready to do the right thing.
      We never plan to have a house fire, but we keep fire extinguishers and smoke alarms don’t we? That time before help arrives is crucial.
      God, thank you for the gifts of prudence and discernment!

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    • Yeah, and all we need is a pissed-off gun carrier…*smh*

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  24. The thing most of the anti-gun folks don’t realize is that, we, ‘gun toting morons’, will follow the law/and respect the request of these businesses to not carry. However, the people who carry illegally won’t.

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  26. Happy to know that you gun-toting morons won’t be shopping with me.

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    • The only morons with guns will be those carrying guns illegally. There will be no legal gun owners in the store to protect you should someone come in to shoot up the place. Law abiding citizens you would trust with a gun can’t enter the store legally, but the criminals don’t care. They know there will be no one in there to fight back. You understand that correctly, right?

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    • Every time you call a gun owner a moron, count out the 420 second average (Dallas, TX considered one a good response time in the US) police response time.. and then start thinking through all the things that could happen… I will endure you calling me a moron, so that I can protect the people I care about… maybe even someone you care about someday

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    • Patryot, the “gun-toting morons” will shop at Whole Foods if you read Zero’s email: “will follow the law/and respect the request of these businesses to not carry.”. He is saying that we will just leave the gun in the car when we shop if we do continue to shop there. Discussion doesn’t have to be rude..

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    • I think you meant to say, “I’m really happy to know that you vetted and trained Concealed Handgun License holders won’t be shopping with me, because if some violent, gun-toting criminal comes into Whole Foods with the intent of robbing the place and/or its customers, and possibly wreaking murder and mayhem in the process, I really would prefer to be defenseless, and I really would prefer not to have a single soul in there to protect me. In summary I want to be a victim.”

      Good luck with that, Einstein.

      Oh…and you can thank your friendly CHL holders for the decrease in violent crime in America over the past decade. As CHL numbers have exploded in areas where allowed, violent crime in those areas has diminished dramatically.

      Maybe check your real-world statistics before posting emotional tripe.

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    • you might want to change your user name with that attitude. Good luck with a criminal with a gun enters the store, I hope you can fend him off with the lettuce in your cart.

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    • I’ll be right in the aisle with you son. We’re ALL AROUND your paranoid axx.
      Difference is WE obey the damned law…unlike the @#$%ing criminals who are the REASON WE CARRY.
      Easy enough, maggot?

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  27. It should never be about just gun rights…its about rights period. Every individual who owns and manages his own enterprises should be able to dictate what he does with them. Just like you have the right to not shop there. The ceo of Whole Foods is a classic capitalist…..we should be as well.

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  28. My 2nd Amendment Rights shall not be infringed. A man was killed outside of an upscale mall. This won’t be me or my family.

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  29. Whole foods CEO was one of the few to stand up to Obama and deserves our support. Just carry concealed. I would probably feel differently if he wasn’t so outspoke about Obama.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/mackey-health-care-whole/2013/01/20/id/472245

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    • Mike you are free to support who you want for whatever reasons you see fit. While Obama is an enemy of liberty and should be opposed, banning guns will not earn the business of principled supporters of the Second Amendment.

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  30. I will no longer shop at whole foods…I do not want criminals to know that I am unable to protect myself walking to and the store and while shopping…I no longer fell safe shopping at whole foods

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    • when one can not carry in a business, the person is also unarmed walking to the business from their car and walking from the business to the car…the person is unprotected in the building while doing business and in the parking lot…not a very safe situation as the person in vulnerable to crime in the building and in the parking lot

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  31. I will not disarm to go to a whole foods store so I’ll just shop elsewhere.

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  32. Who wants shopping to be like a war zone? I am so sick of this trigger happy country. Disgusting all around that anyone thinks one should be armed when they go to buy food. This world is doomed.

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    • We arm ourselves to protect ourselves and our loved ones (and you) from the murderous psychopaths and predators that are in our society whether or not you want to believe they are.

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    • What an utter dumbass. The world is doomed if we are all to become ignorant sheep like you, just waiting for the psycho to come along, being unable to defend ourselves.

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    • Do you have a fire extinguisher? If you do why? To protect yourself, even though you never expect to use it you have it if you need it right? Or are you so reliant on our Government Entities to protect you that you are blind to the possibility when you need the police or the fire department that average response times in most cities with 30,000 people or more is between 3 and 8 min. So if a criminal comes into Whole Foods why you are there shooting the place up or hacking people to death with a knife or hatchet, that you can buy at ace or wallie world how many do you think will die in that 3-8 min response time? Oh and that response time is to the scene. Once the cops get there they have to gather intelligence wait for more officers to arrive, formulate a plan then they may enter the business. Will you die or will you be saved? An legally armed citizen could be there at the first scream to neutralize the threat depending on location in the store within about 30 sec. What say you now!

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    • (“Who wants shopping to be like a war zone? I am so sick of this trigger happy country. Disgusting all around that anyone thinks one should be armed when they go to buy food. This world is doomed.”)
      ==========
      No, son…YOU are just living in a damned fantasy world.
      you SAY you are tired of living in a war zone…what the #@$% do WE have to do with that, honey? WE OBEY to damned laws.
      If youre sweet self is tired its of the CRIMINALS who have FORCED US TO CARRY INTO the goddam grocery stores to when THEY start shooting OUR wives and kids have a goddam chance of surviving, unlike YOU and YOUR family who youve clearly chosen to ensure are DEFENSELESS when it happens.
      WHEN You can assure me that an ARMED COP can escort me EVERY damned step I take outside my home THEN we’ll talk about me not packing a gun, honey

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      • If you are sick of this trigger happy country…. Then you need to get the fuck out of it and leave we law abiding proud citizens alone! Try living in another country where the citizens rights have been taken away. I have, and I’m 100% sure you wouldn’t survive!

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  33. Disappointing, to be so stealthily deceptive, maybe time to sell some stock.

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  34. Hmmmm. Given that the founder of Whole Foods (john Mackey) is a libertarian (at least in terms of free markets), this is quite disappointing.

    I also agree with David’s comment that they have indeed taken a political position. If they had decided to “not take a position” then they would not have created a policy about carrying firearms at all.

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  35. Too expensive anyway.

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  36. Wilson, David

    Interesting when they say, “Whole Foods Market does not take a political position on this issue, nor is our policy intended to infer a lack of support for the 2nd Amendment. ” However, by not allowing a law abiding US citizen to exercise his/her 2nd Amendment rights to carry in their store, they indeed have taken a political position.

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