ThinkProgress spoke with a number of hotels and golf courses in the Trump empire and found that multiple locations were gun-free zones, even for guests with concealed-carry permits.
“No, we don’t allow any firearms in the hotel,” a manager at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago told ThinkProgress over the phone.
Guns are also banned at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. An employee at the course told ThinkProgress that “we don’t allow firearms on the property.” Asked whether that ban applies even to those with a concealed-carry permit, he said that “with a permit we still don’t allow firearms.”
The ThinkProgress article did not have any pictures of gun ban signs on the properties; we only have the words of the people who they talked to over the phone about the polices. They may be correct, but lower level employees are often mistaken about corporate policies. How would a guest at a Trump property know that they are not allowed to have a gun, if there are no signs or policy posted?
I spoke to the security department at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. He confirmed that the hotel has a “gun with a slash through it” sign at the main entrance. The sign bans Illinois concealed carry firearms permit holders from the premises. However . . .
My source said Trump Towers Chicago doesn’t search guests’ luggage. While you are staying at the hotel, your room is considered your residence. As long as you handled your firearms legally while in your room, the hotel policy did not apply. Laws concerning the shipping and transportation of firearms were the responsibility of the individual guest.
The Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles didn’t have a knowledgeable person available for comment. The staff person at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk said they couldn’t definitively answer my question. They were certain, however, that there is no “gun free zone” or “no guns” sign at the hotel entrance.
The likely outcome of the ThinkProgress complaint about Trump: he will have his minions remove gun free zones signs from properties he controls, but keep the policy in place for customers and employees. On the DL. [NB: Properties and management contracts can be complex; it’s not certain that a property with “Trump” in its name is under the control of Donald Trump the presidential candidate.]
Not surprisingly – given that The Donald is one of the few New York City residents rich and powerful enough to obtain a concealed carry permit in The City That Never Sleeps – Manhattan’s Trump Tower does not ban concealed carry firearms for city residents with NYC permits. [NB: New York City does not recognize any other state’s concealed carry permit, nor New York State permits.]
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