TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Community members are staging a boycott on businesses that ban guns, and they’re using social media to spread the message.
When you see a “No Guns Allowed” sign the challenge is asking you to use your wallet elsewhere. It’s just one way a local business owner is firing back hoping to protect his second amendment right.
“What we are hoping to see is that gun enthusiast will ban together and say look this is a location that doesn’t want our business, and we are going to oblige them and not give them our business,” said Steve Ellis, Owner of Top Guns Gun Store in Terre Haute.
Ellis launched the “No Guns = No Money” Facebook support page just last week.
“We vote with our money every single day, so what we are doing when we support that business is saying that we are ok with that rule,” said Ellis.
The community page has a list of area businesses that ban guns. Toys “R” Us, some Wendy’s locations and both AMC Movie Theatres are caught in the crossfire.
“In some ways they feel that putting this sign up it’s going to stop a criminal from coming in and doing something bad. The reality is that the only people they are going to regulate are those of us that are following the rule,” said Ellis.
However, not everyone agrees with the message the Facebook page is sending.
“We should all be allowed to carry our guns but you don’t need to carry it inside. Little things can cause big accidents,” said Angel Owen.
Owen said she feels safer when greeted with the “No Guns Allowed” sign.
“I just don’t feel like everyone needs to walk inside carrying a gun. You don’t know what little thing is going to set somebody off and them take out their gun and take care of things,” said Owen.
“No Guns = No Money” is gaining support, and Ellis hopes hitting businesses in their pocketbook will lead to a more gun friendly community.
“What we are doing is making a statement saying look if this is the stance you are going to take against the second amendment then don’t expect us to support the business,” said Ellis.
In Indiana there is no law that states you can’t bring a firearm into a business but the owner does have the right to ask you to leave.