Ohioans for Concealed Carry (OhioCCW) wants to be able to carry their legal firearm into their bank. THEIR BANK? Their bank. (Question: other than a liquor store, where are you most likely to encounter an armed robber?) And if OhioCCW members can’t carry their gun into a bank, they don’t want to do business with that bank. In fact, OhioCCW jefe Jeff Gervas sells members “No Guns, No Money” cards for on-the-spot protest / boycott action for any business that prohibits legal concealed carry weapons. Most recently, OhioCCW has their own financial repository in its sights. “As the PNC takeover of National City Bank loomed we knew there was a serious potential for the PNC ‘No Guns’ corporate mentality to be applied to National City Bank. Today branches across the State of Ohio are closed and newly rebranded PNC employees standing in the parking lot are advising customers of the weekend conversion from NCB to PNC. The NCB vinyl banners have come down to reveal the PNC signs and logos — along with the tell tale NO GUNS ALLOWED signs on the doors.” Uh oh.
With 200,000+ concealed handgun licensees and an untold number of regular gun owners in Ohio, every bank posting no guns signs is simply telling a niche market “We do not want your business” and we simply can not let this happen without a fight . . .
Advise PNC and Burkhart that you will move your banking to PNC Bank if they reverse their PNC policy and adopt NCB’s long standing acceptance of gun owners at it’s branches. You can also contact PNC via regular Customer Service channels and express your intent to cancel your account if they don’t honor National City Bank’s long standing policy.
Is this the sort of re-action Starbucks was hoping to avoid by honoring local, state and national gun laws, rather than instituting a unilateral ban (which is their right)? If so, they have.