By Jake G.
Astrophysicists tell us that a comet can be deflected with the slightest nudge if intercepted early, but impossible to stop when it’s almost upon the Earth. So it is with groups headed out to dinner.
The Posted! app lets you check in advance whether the restaurant, business, entertainment venue, etc., you’re considering forbids firearms. It takes little more than a frown – early in dinner discussions — to remove a restaurant from consideration. While others are checking Google or Yelp for reviews, you can check whether a cafe bans firearms.
The app is available for Android and iOS (iPhone). I have only used the Android version, but screen shots look identical. The app is simple and intuitive to use.
Launching the “Posted!” app brings up the home screen below.
Clicking “Search Nearby” brings up choices to list all or by business type. The maximum range to search (5 to 250 miles), and a choice to “Map it” or “List it.”
Choosing “Map it” or “List it” brings up one of the following screens showing known businesses posting gun-free zone signs:
Above, I selected to show only anti-gun businesses and not pro-gun alternatives. The database is much more complete for anti-gun businesses. The “List it” screen shows anti-gun businesses sorted by distance.
One can filter by business category and include gun-friendly alternatives. Alternatively, you can search by city, by zip code, or by name, useful for exploring more distant options.
In any of these searches, businesses found can be displayed in a list or on a map.
The data is crowdsourced. If you encounter a gun-banning business that is not listed, just click “Add Anti-Gun Business” and enter the business name, address, and optionally a photo, a description of signage, and suggested gun-friendly alternative. If you are located at the business when adding its entry, the app can automatically grab the latitude and longitude from your phone.
Since the data is contributed by users, the more that use the app and contribute, the more complete and accurate the data. My experience with the app here in central North Carolina is that roughly 90% of posted businesses I encounter are included in the database.
A great companion app is included with the 99 cent purchase, “CCW Laws.” This app conveniently presents firearms laws for every state in the U.S. You may optionally save any states that have issued you a concealed carry permit, and the app will display reciprocity status by state for your permits. Here is the CCW Laws home screen:
Upon opening, the app displays a menu at the bottom of the screen with options
• My permits (enter the states for which you have a valid permit)
• State Map ( a U.S. map color coded showing states that honor your permits)
• State List
This Home screen displays more options, including
• Recent Updates
• Last State Viewed
• Find Current State
• My Permit States
• Posted! (which links back to the Posted! App)
• Gun Vault Tools (a separate 99 cent app that includes features for logging range time, conducting drills, maintaining information on your firearms, etc.)
• U.S. Constitution
• Plus a few less important options
Your first stop should be “My Permits” where you can add states for which you have a resident or non-resident CCW permit.
“State Map” then shows states where your permit is honored, handy when plotting cross-country trips.
Most often I use “CCW Laws” to find firearms laws for the state I am in currently or planning to travel through. You can access laws for your current state via the “Current State” button, of course, and pull up any state via “State Map” or “State List.”
Once on the State page, you are shown a quick links to information on key laws, such as
• Duty to inform
• Preemption Rules
• Signage Law
• Permit info
• Attorney General and Police Contact info
• Open Carry Information
• Parking Lot Storage
• Permit Recognition Laws
• Magazine and tactical rifle restrictions
• Use of force and duty to retreat
• Indian Nation Laws
• Federal Transport Laws
• Federal Prohibited Locations
• LEO / Retried LEO Permit
• All firearm laws
The first screen of the North Carolina listing is shown below.
At the bottom of this screen is an overview of whether concealed carry is allowed in restaurants serving alcohol, rest areas, state parks, and wildlife management areas. Another section provides links to additional resources.
For years when at my laptop I have used http://www.handgunlaw.us/ for similar information to that found in the “CCW Laws” app, but with this app such information is with me all the time and a tap away.
These two coupled companion apps “Posted!” and “CCW Laws” are indispensable for anyone traveling with a weapon, concealed or open. Checking whether businesses are posted is quick and easy with “Posted!” Firearms laws for states on your route are accessible and well organized in “CCW Laws”.
This one-two punch provides incredible value at 99 cents for the pair. Install these today and you, too, can add to the completeness and accuracy of the database.
Ratings (out of five stars):
Utility * * * * *
An essential accessory for anyone carrying outside the home. Find out in advance whether a business is posted. Keep firearms laws handy.
Reliability * * * * *
Never a single crash or hiccup.
Accuracy * * * * 1/2
Roughly 90% of anti-gun businesses I visit are already flagged in the app. If more of us use the app and add anti-gun businesses we find, we can take the accuracy to 100%.
Ergonomics * * * * *
The app is intuitive and responds nearly instantly.
Value * * * * *
Ninety-nine cents, or roughly the cost of a single self-defense round, depending on brand and caliber.
Overall * * * * *
Incredible capability, meets an important need, very easy to use, costs less than a cup of coffee.