Whole Foods Market – They ban guns in every location.
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:
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.
Rachael Gruver | Global Customer Information Specialist | Whole Foods Market | 550 Bowie Street | Austin, Texas 78703″
Whole Foods Market, Inc.
550 Bowie Street
Austin, TX 78703-4644