NJ Brewery Regulatory Enviorment to improve, regular enviroment still sucks.
Freetail Brewing founder laments the state of brewering regulations in the lone star state.
The American Associtation of Wine Association has published another brilliant working paper titled “War, Taxes, and Borders: How Beer Created Belgium” (PDF Link). I thank the authors for tying the things I hate most in life (War, Taxes, and Borders) with the thing I love most (Belgian Beer), keep of the great work!
Alabama struggles with bad beer laws, from alcohol Restrictions, to home brewing restrictions, to transportation restrictions, to size restrictions. Free the Hops has been fighting the good fight for years winning some major changes in state law not they are continuing their fight to allow sales of beer in containers bigger than 16oz, opening Alabamians up to some of the better craft beers that only come in 22oz bottles.
This isn’t just some theorhetical problem or a limit on sales, but an actually enforced law being used to throw people in jail, as we saw in Xaq Fixx’s post “Smokey & The Undocumented Immigrant“ earlier this year.
Laughing Dog Brewery Co-Owner Fred Colby co-owns the second largest microbrewery in Idaho, he would like to help get another one started but has been stymied by old laws that prevent ownership of multiple breweries. The new place would create 25 jobs and more importantly more good beer for Idahoes Alonge with other brewers he has taken his fight to the statehouse and a bill to remove some of these restrictions has made it out of committe, for more coverage check out this AP piece in the Spokesman Review.
One of my favorite blogs to cover the politics of hooch in Canada, “A Good Beer Blog” makes a great suggestion to the Ontario government that should be heard just as loudly in North Carolina, Utah, and anywhere else with a state ran Liquor store: If the gov’t operate shop is so wonderful let it complete against privately owned and operated alternatives. Let the citizens vote with their dollars.
April 5, 2012 in politics
Part 3 in the ongoing saga with BI-LO and their Anti-Gun Owner firearms policy. After a trip grocery shopping left me with a bad taste in my mouth and an unoloaded and disassembled pistol in my car becuase BI-LO decision to disarm law abiding and property rights respecting people while hiding that fact in tiny letters I Wrote Them A Letter (pt.1), and Received A Response (Pt. 2.)
As their response was full of bad logic and bad information about the firearms policies of other retail chains I decided to write them back. Here is copy of the message I sent today to Mr. Dwane Bryant, the Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for BI-LO Inc. I will keep every updated as the story develops. Here is a copy of the letter I sent:
Dear Mr. Bryant,
I appreciate your prompt response and your plans to look into BI-LO’s anti-firearm signage. I am confident that your conscientious efforts in this matter will lead to your company adding more visible signs, thus reducing confusion, decreasing the chance of an avoidable tragedy, as well as ensuring that the signs are legally enforceable. I thank you for that.
I am writing to you again in regards to your statements explaining why BI-LO created, and stands by, its customer disarmament policy. Specifically, I wanted to address the claims that it is a sound business decision, that it honors safety, and that the policy is shared by all other major retail chains. I hope that by providing counter examples, including facts and figures, I can illustrate that the policy is based on incomplete, incorrect, and flawed data and may be costing the company money.
“…based on sound business judgment.” In North and South Carolina alone there are over 348,000 current, valid Concealed Carry permit holders and applications are at an all-time high (http://www.ncdoj.gov/CHPStats.aspx, http://www.sled.sc.gov/documents/CWP/SCCWPCalendarYear2010.pdf). In North Carolina, there are countless other citizens that legally Open Carry, which requires no permit. In effect, you are telling hundreds of thousands of potential customers to surrender their ability to defend themselves or take their money elsewhere. The occasional complaint by a small minority of anti-gun advocates should not outweigh the much larger community of gun owners and those who are not opposed to the carrying of firearms. In many cases, such as the Starbucks Boycott in February of this year, taking a pro-gun owner stance proved to be an asset, not a liability (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2012/02/starbucks-guns-boycott.html).
“…seeks to honor the security and safety of employees and customers.” Anti-Firearms policies are only respected by law-abiding firearms owners. As incidents like the shooting sprees at Ft. Hood, Virginia Tech, Westwood Mall, and multiple others have shown people who wish harm on others are not deterred by Gun-Free policies. Instead of disarming criminals, these signs simply inform criminals that they are going to be rewarded with a building full of victims. Additionally, according to the most the most recent data I could find for North Carolina, Concealed Carry permit holders are five times less likely to kill someone than the general public (http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/12/foghorn/ny-times-uses-deceptive-statistics-to-promote-anti-gun-agenda-again/).
“This is the same policy adopted by all other major retail chains of which we are aware.” Many chains have policies that allow for different kinds of firearms carry within their stores. A few chains defer to state, local, and federal law (i.e. if Open Carry is legal then it is allowed). These major retail chains include: Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Barnes & Noble, Toys-R-Us, Sears/K-Mart. Restaurants that maintain a similar policy are: Starbucks, Bob Edwards, and White Castle. (http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/showthread.php?71026-Corporate-Policies, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2012/02/starbucks-guns-boycott.html). This is just a partial list and contains only major chains with published letters from their corporate offices or reported in mainstream news. Anecdotal evidence, such as a lack of signs forbidding guns or reports from Concealed Carry activists, is also available at your request. As shown, if BI-LO were to adopt a policy respecting gun owners it would not be an anomaly; instead, the company would become part of a growing corporate community.
Mr. Xaq Fixx
UPDATE: David Codrea of the Gun Rights Examiner has a post covering my experience with Bi-Lo titled “This is how they show respect” over on his blog The War on Guns..
The US Supreme Court has already overturned laws banning online out of state sales of wine in New York and Michigan in one of the only pro-freedom uses of the interstate commerce clause known to man, by that has stopped Massachutes from continuning to enforce a similar law at home, read more at Cape Cod Online.
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