Texas Bookstore Offers Discount for Open Carriers

(courtesy bravenewbookstore.com)

Austin’s Brave New Books — “a bunch of curious people on a quest for the truth” — welcomes Texas’s freshly-minted open carriers. The store is thought to be the only book store in Austin that hasn’t put up 30.07 signs banning open carry. In fact, BNB’s working to attract well-read open carriers with a firearms-friendly discount. As their Facebook page proclaims . . .

For a limited time only if you come in to Brave New Books safely open carrying a firearm, you can get 10% off anything in the store! That’s right. We want to celebrate your decision to take security in to your own hands by giving you 10% off any product in the store for safely open carrying your firearm.

Brave New Books recently held a well-attended symposium on open carry, featuring a panel of Second Amendment supporters discussing their efforts to restore Second Amendment protected rights to Texas residents. Clearly, the free market supports freedom.

The experience of the 44 other states with open carry: when open carry is legalized nothing much happens. Many stores with the “no guns allowed” signs start getting complaints from would-be customers offended that the store does not trust them. When those complaints outnumber the disarmists’ attaboys, the stores take down the signs.

Again, nothing much happens. Over time, the number of places with signs gradually dwindles, as managers and owners realize that putting up signage that offends half of potential customers is a losing proposition.

The last signs to come down are from places that do not depend on the market, such as non-profits, and from government agencies, who do not have to worry about offending customers or making a profit, to stay in business.

Texas is in the early first stages of this process. Brave New Books is showing common sense and a canny understanding of market forces. When I am in Austin, it looks like a good place to visit. If you want to support a Second Amendment friendly business, their store sells a wide range of gun gear.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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  1. avatar Layne says:

    Same name as Brave New Productions or whatever it was called that makes the anti-gun videos…. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

    1. avatar Bob R says:

      I know the people behind this store and they would NEVER support anti gun ideology.

    2. avatar Stinkeye says:

      It’s not good or bad, it’s just a coincidence. There are probably hundreds of groups and businesses using “Brave New (blank)” as a name.

  2. avatar Tile floor says:

    Now that’s awesome

    1. avatar BDub says:

      And humorously positioned right next to the UT Campus, for added pearl clutching goodness.

      1. avatar Five says:

        Yes, extra great that it’s right on the corner of UT and is a student heavy area.

        Unfortunately parking is generally horrible around there, but I’ll make a trip by there soon none the less.

  3. avatar Mecha75 says:

    Hmm. Can one order books from them instead of from anti-gunazon

  4. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    But does Brave New Books sell Brave New World, or has there been a Catch-22 since 1984 at Animal Farm? Or has Atlas Shrugged off The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress?

    1. avatar NikcaP says:


      That’s the sound of head exploding. Thank you for ruining my night 😉
      Also I read Brave New World when I was a freshmen in H.S. I still find that more accurate of the state of the U.S. than 1984.

  5. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I predict that book store will see a brisk pace of business.

    1. avatar bLoving says:

      I’m feeling a sudden urge to drive four hours to Austin to browse books…

  6. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    I think a MDA representative just let out a little pee.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    Anti-War Anti-State Pro-Market is the same motto as LewRockwell.com.

    1. avatar Chris T from KY says:

      I was just going to say that but you bet me to it!

  8. avatar wrightl3 says:

    Good for the store and I hope this brings them lots of new business.

  9. avatar SteveInCO says:

    If I am ever there (I rarely get past DFW) I’ll try to remember to pay them a visit.

  10. avatar Gman says:

    Soon to be banned from Facebook…

  11. avatar Ted Unlis says:

    Dean, when I saw this, ” http://bearingarms.com/open-carrier-robbed-gun-virginia/ “, for some reason the first thing that came to mind was your Glock in that green Fobus holster positioned on the belt in your right kidney area. I also wondered whether or not the victim in Virginia was wearing a pith helmet.

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