Proposed Island County “No Shooting” Ordinance Parallels Thurston County Movement from Earlier in 2012 + Video “Freedom Foundation Stands Up for Local Hunters”

Mall of America
Is this an example of where our “progressive” citizens would like to take us in WA State?

The proposed “No-shooting” ordinance which is being touted at the Island County Commissioners’ level by Commissioners Homola and Helen Price-Johnson appears to parallel an effort in Thurston County earlier in 2012. A Freedom Foundation article “Hunters organize against proposed no-shooting ordinance”, in part, says:

“This ordinance is not about making hunting or people safer as the Commissioners would like you to believe. This is about the Commissioners wanting to ban guns.”

Click the “Read the rest of this entry »” link to watch the video “Freedom Foundation Stands Up for Local Hunters”.


  1. As with the Mall of America businesses in Washington State already have the right to deny you bringing concealed and unconcealed weapons on their property. They do need to post a sign telling you so but if they do post a sign and you do not see it or ignore it it is considered trespass.

    Businesses like Costco do have a no firearms on the premise policy and even though they do not post it they forbid the carrying firearms on their premise. If you are caught once and warned the next time you are caught it is considered criminal trespass and because criminal trespass is a felony you can lose your right to carry a concealed weapon.

    Below is the letter that I sent and the answer I received from Costco when enquiring about their no firearm policy:

    I am writing you today to clarify some information that I have heard about through several sources on the internet. There has been some discussion about the issue of citizens being denied the right to carry legally concealed weapons in your stores. As you may not be aware of the facts that anyone who lawfully carries a concealed weapon in any jurisdiction in any state has passed some of the most stringent background checks available. All of these people who you may be attempting to ban are all upstanding citizens who are exercising one of the most fundamental rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the state constitutions that they reside in. I would sure hope that Costco would not interfere with that right. Does Costco actually have a policy banning this right? Being a Costco member since it’s begining I would find this extremely onerous and would need to withdraw my Costco membership immediately if this is the case as I find that anyone who will not uphold the legal rights of citizens particularly troubling.
    Thank you for your time. Hope fully I will hear back from you soon.

    Costco’s response-

    Cliff, thank you for your email.

    Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace.
    Our policy is
    meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This is not a new policy and we do not customize the policy for each individual city/county/state/country where we do business.

    The shopping experience is not enhanced by bringing a firearm into our warehouse.
    We are sorry that the message you are hearing is that “we don’t want you.” It is the firearms that we exclude in the warehouses, not the carriers.


    Mark Cawsey
    Ecommerce Member Service Manager

    Costco wouild rather have you leave your concealed weapon either home or in your vehicle when visiting their stores. They are obviously blind to the fact that their parking lots are prone to vehicle break in’s and AFAIC anyone that leave a handgun in a vehicle parked in a Costco parking lot is being irresponsible. I cancelled my Costco business membership as soon as I received their response…

  2. I heard a rumor that a TV crew visited Mr. Watanabee’s gun range Monday to interview him and get videos of his property
    Probably about 11AM
    Anyone have any info about this being a fact??

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