TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Terre Haute gun dealer has begun a campaign among firearms enthusiasts to boycott businesses that ban weapons from their premises.
Steve Ellis, owner of Top Guns in Terre Haute, launched the "No Guns = No Money" Facebook support page on Aug. 22. By Monday, it had topped 1,100 "likes."
Ellis says he wants gun enthusiasts to band together and deny business to retailers and others who won't allow them to carry their guns inside.
"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," Ellis said.
Most of businesses identified on the Facebook page were national chains, including shopping mall owners, theater owners and restaurants.
Ellis said he hopes hitting businesses in their pocketbooks will lead to a more gun-friendly community.
"Look, if this is the stance you are going to take against the Second Amendment, then don't expect us to support the business," he said, referring to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution setting out right to bear arms.
As with any boycott, some people disagree. Shopper Angel Owen told WTHI-TV (http://bit.ly/1sVk2bs ) that said she feels safer when greeted with a "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.
Indiana has no law barring people from carrying firearms into businesses but proprietors can ask them to leave.