Bi-Lo Grocery Chain Responds
April 2, 2012 in politics
This is a update to my March 29, 2012 post “An Open Letter to Bi-Lo Grocery Chain on Firearms Policy and Notification” – there is some good news and and bad news. On the positive side I received a response from their Vice President and General Counsel, Mr. Dwayne Bryant, today, saying they will review their signage for legal compliance. Unfortunately, he also clamied they are set in their firearms policy, a decision based on bad logic and bad information.
Mr. Bryant claims that Bi-Lo’s no firearm policy, “seeks to honor the safety and security” of both customers and employees. This fails a basic logic test as persons intent on hurting others will not obey a sign. More importantly, however, was his claim that no other major retail chain (which they are aware of) allow open or concealed carry. The reason this is so important is that I will easily be able to provide them with a list of several major retail chains who maintain a gun owner friendly policy.
Perhaps showing Mr. Bryant and his fellow Bi-Lo Executives that firearm ownership is not uncommon, that they are turning away hundreds of thousands of permit holding customers in North and South Carolina alone not counting Open Carriers in NC who require no permit in NC, and that they would be in good corporate company by reconsidering or relaxing this policy.
Stay tuned to XaqFixx.com for any further updates.
Here is the original PDF, my transcription is below:
(Letterhead: BI-LO savings without sacrifice)
Dwayne H. Bryant
Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
(phone, address, fax, and e-mail redacted)
April 2, 2012
Via Email Only to (redacted)
RE: Firearms Policy
Thank you for your recent email to BI-LO regarding the Company’s policy of forbidding weapons of any kind at its stores.
Althoughout the Company very much respects the rights of all individuals under the Constitution, incdluding rights arising under teh Second Amerndment, the Company has made an affirmative choice to ban handguns and all other potentially dangerous weapons for its premises. BI-LO’s policy is based on its sound business judgements and seeks to honor the saftey and security of employees and customers. This is the same policy adopted by all other major retail chains of which we are aware.
Based on the information you provided, however, we will review the current signage in place at our stores to ensure that it fully complies with applicable state law.
We hope the above response is satisfactory but please don;t hesitate to contact me should you have any additional questions or concerns, We very much appreciate your choosing to shop at BI-LO as well as your willingnes to bring your concerns to our attention.
With best regards,
Dwayne H. Bryant