How many of you keep a firearm in the truck or on you?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by MooseMan89, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Joe Shooner

    Joe Shooner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    Just out of curiosity: for those of you who do carry on a client property, do you let the client know?

    Put another way, do you feel you should NOT let them know because they may not like it?

    Personally, if a contractor showed up at my house with a firearm we'd probably be done doing business together. But that's me. I don't see the need for it.

    So what's your take? Would your clients be happy to know you have a firearm on their property?
     
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    Me personally, I open carry, meaning you can see it on my hip. although this year i think ill just leave my firearm locked in a box in my truck.
     
  3. Tn2317

    Tn2317 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 89

    Here are some answers to your questions.
    Yes I open carry all the time. If a jacket happens to be covering it when it's cold, then so be it.
    Mine is open because I like to have my shirt tucked in.
    I don't "take my gun to a customers property"; I just always have it...customer, church, walmart, out to dinner, you get the idea.
    Here are some customer responses:
    1. A customer about 70 years old was planting while I was cutting, the mower was loud and as I passed him, he patted his hip (where a gun might be) and said, " a man after my own heart".
    2. Several "hip pats" and a thumbs up.
    3. My shirt was untucked after doing a hard dirty job and the customer asked "do you have your gun"? in a panic sort of way, I lifted my shirt so she could see it and she said, "oh good". This single mother told me she likes the security.
    4. I do several lawyers, judges and doctors who require special security measures; they almost require it. (this group knows I'm an ex cop).
    5. I could go on and on but I've been in business for 5 years and it's grown exponentially, so there are just too many good examples to list.
    6. If I were to go to an estimate and they said "no gun", I'd say, "I understand, I'm sure you'll find a company that better suits your needs".

    I won't sell my freedom for an account.

    Semper Fi.
     
  4. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,287

    No. Under Texas law there is no obligation for me to inform homeowners.

    Someone else's feelings about whether or not they happen to like or dislike firearms plays absolutely no part in my decision to not inform them that I am LEGALLY in possession of a CONCEALED firearm. If I were to inform someone, my firearm would no longer be concealed. Concealed means concealed.

    You probably won't know who is or is not carrying a concealed firearm and you probably don't know if someone has already carried a concealed firearm on your property or even inside of your house.

    Probably. Around here, we all know that those who legally carry a concealed firearm are THE MOST UPSTANDING CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

    It is not uncommon for me to see one of my clients openly carrying a firearm while in their home or on their property or have to deal with my client's armed security detail. I've even had a client grab her rifle before driving me over to meet her husband in the back part of the property…I was the only one without a rifle that day.
     
  5. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
    Posts: 513

    Gotta Love the good people of texas. :usflag:
     
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    texas is not exactly the most gun friendly state.
     
  7. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
    Posts: 513

    Did I say it was? NO
     
  8. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    no you didnt.

    im just saying. i know texans who agree.
     
  9. Joe Shooner

    Joe Shooner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    Interesting.

    Personally, I think carrying a firearm all the time is a bit of overkill, but if you find it helps your business and no one objects, more power to you. I would imagine it varies by area and the type of client you're going after.
     
  10. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,287

    Do you carry a spare tire in your vehicle all the time? If you do, isn't that a bit of overkill? Do you fill up your vehicle's gas tank all the time? If you do, isn't that a bit of overkill? Do you carry a cellphone all the time? If you do, isn't that a bit of overkill? Do you carry keys you don't use frequently on your key chain all the time? If you do, isn't that a bit of overkill? Do you carry a first aid kit in your truck all the time? If you do, isn't that a bit of overkill?

    It neither helps nor hinders my business.

    Your imagination isn't accurate. One's choice to freely exercise their rights by legally carry a concealed firearm has absolutely nothing to do with the types of clients our businesses service nor the area of the country we live. It has more to do with being personally responsible for our own safety at all times.
     

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