National companies announce new gun policies, Tulsa businesses react

Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 18:58:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — The chain grows as more national companies announce changes to their gun policies.

Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and others are asking customers to no longer openly carry firearms in their stores.

Local Tulsa businesses agree the gun debate is a tricky one. So far, business owners do not seem interested in following suit with the big companies.

Aaron Quinton, owner of Old School Bagel Café, says, "Mass shootings are all over the country, It's an ongoing thing. It seems like it's the most common occurrence. Post all the signs you want, somebody's going to do what they want to do when they want to do it."

Quinton says he only ever sees law enforcement officials openly carry guns in his restaurant. The same goes for the manager of Gadget Company, John Sellars.

He says he sees both sides to open or conceal carry.

"You might think twice about robbing a store, knowing that somebody in there is openly carrying a handgun already. It could be a deterrent, but I know some people are uncomfortable with guns, no matter what."

Oklahoma is an open-carry state, but it is up to business owners whether to allow open-carry on their establishments.