Texas Gun Free Businesses

This is an alphabetical list of Gun Free Businesses that will prohibit Open Carry in Texas as of January 1st, 2016.  It is being continuously updated.  If you have an update of a Gun Free Business #TXgunfreebiz or one allowing Open Carry not listed on this site email: GunFreeBusinesses@gmail.com with the business’ name, location (state wide, town or city), website-if available, and OCB-Open Carry ban (30.07 sign-if it’s up or soon will be) &/or CCB-Concealed Carry ban (30.06 sign-if it’s up or soon will be).

Please reach out to these businesses when you can via social media, email, or in person when you shop there to show your gratitude for their choice to be a #TXgunfreebiz!

For any businesses that need signs the Austin Chronicle is providing concealed carry ban (30.06) and open carry ban (30.07) signs for free in PDF format here: http://www.austinchronicle.com/gun-free-zone/

Please use #TXgunfreebiz and #TXgfb on social media (FB, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, etc) to encourage Texas businesses to get their GFB on!  Be sure to ask businesses if they will be posting signage-concealed carry (30.06) and for open carry (30.07)-or have a policy in place.

Open Carry Banned-OCB, all on the list below ban open carry-requires visible 30.07 signage.

Concealed Carry Banned-CCB-all with CCB ban Concealed Carry-requires updated visible 30.06 signage.

The following list is compiled from community outreach, business outreach, and the following lists that are all being regularly updated:

Austin Chronicle List

Austin 360 List of Austin Restaurants Opting Out of Open Carry

Austin 360 List of Arts Venues Opting Out of Open Carry

Mom’s Demand Action

Houston’s List

All Bars-all guns are prohibited at any establishment with a 51% sign= 51% or more of sales must be alcohol.

Banks, Credit Unions & Investment:
A+ Federal Credit Union-OCB
American State Bank merged with Prosperity Bank-OCB
BB&T Bank-ban all firearms at all branches, CCB & OCB
Beal Bank-CCB & OCB
Edward Jones Investments-CCB & OCB at all locations, nationally.
Five Point Credit Union-CCB & OCB
Mobility Credit Union-OCB
MobilOil FCU-CCB & OCB
Preferred Bank-OCB
Prosperity Bank-OCB
Randolph-Brooks Credit Union-OCB
Security Services Federal Credit Union (SSFCU)-CCB & OCB
University Federal Credit Union-OCB

Barbershops & Salons:
Birds Barbershop-CCB & OCB

Half Price Books-CCB & OCB

Energy, Gas & Oil:
BP-no weapons allowed on company property, CCB & OCB
Chevron-no weapons allowed on company property, OCB & CCB
Goodyear-gun prohibition policy, CCB & OCB
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell)-no weapons on company property, CCB & OCB
Texas Zero Waste Strategies-consultancy, won’t do business w/businesses allowing Open Carry.-OCB

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-OCB
Alamo Regal Theater-OCB
AMC Theaters-CCB & OCB
Carmike Cinemas-CCB & OCB
Cinemark Theaters-OCB
Comcast/NBC Universal-won’t run firearm or weapons ads.
Flix Brewhouse Movie Theatre-CCB & OCB
Golden Bingo Family Halls-CCB & OCB
Hideout Theatre & Coffee House-CCB & OCB
Regal Entertainment Group (Regal Cinemas)-CCB & OCB
Santikos Theatres-OCB
Southern Theatres-CCB & OCB
Time Warner Cable-CCB & OCB

Boy Scouts of America-Scouters are not permitted to carry firearms while involved in Scouting Activities.
24 Hour Fitness-all members are required to sign contracts that they won’t bring any weapons onto their property, including guns.
LifeTime Fitness-gun free, CCB & OCB
Planet Fitness-CCB & OCB
World Gym-OCB

Grocery Stores:
A & P(owns  A&P Food Market, A & P Super Food Market, Food Basics USA, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Super Fresh, Waldbaum’s, A & P Wareouse Liquors, & Best Cellars)-ban all weapons at all of them, CCB & OCB
Central Market-OCB
CostCo.-CCB & OCB
Fiesta Mart-OCB
HEB-all 150 locations-OCB
Royal Blue Grocery-OCB, signs posted.
Sprouts Farmers Market-CCB & OCB
Trader Joe’s-OCB
Whole Foods-OCB

Memorial Hermann Hospitals-OCB
St. David’s Healthcare (12 hospitals & medical centers in central TX)-CCB & OCB
Texas Art Supply-OCB

Hotels & Travel: 
American Airlines (including subsidiaries American Eagle & Envoy Air)-CCB & OCB
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (owns Radisson, Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Missioni)-CCB & OCB
Carlson Wagonlit Travel-CCB &OCB

American National Insurance-CCB & OCB

Bell Helicopter: CCB & OCB

CBL & Associates Properties (owns 159 shopping malls nationwide)-CCB & OCB
General Growth Properties(owns 123 malls nationwide)-gun prohibition policy, CCB & OCB.
Macerich Malls (95 malls in 19 states)-CCB & OCB
Simon Property Group (Simon Malls) who owns >20 malls in Tx-OCB

News & Media:
A.H. Belo Corporation-CCB & OCB at all locations.


Places of Worship: 
Cavalry Baptist-OCB
Rio Texas Annual Conference-no official policy, decision whether to opt in or out of CCB or OCB left up to each church, info for signage on website.
Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church-recommends OCB while also recommending the decision to do so be left up to each individual congregation.
United Methodist Churches conference policy-OCB
Worldwide United Methodist Church-“every United Methodist church is officially declared a weapon free zone.”

Real Estate:
Forest City Enterprises, Inc.-gun prohibition policy, CCB & OCB.
Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC)-ban firearms on retail properties, CCB & OCB

Black Walnut Cafe-CCB & OCB
Bloomin’ Brands (owns Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Roy’s) “prohibits guns inside its restaurants.” CCB & OCB
Brinker International (owns Chili’s & Maggiano’s Little Italy)-OCB
Buffalo Wild Wings-CCB & OCB
Cafe Express-OCB
California Pizza Kitchen-OCB
Carlson Restaurants-(T.G.I. Friday’s)-CCB & OCB
Casa Ole-OCB
Chili’s Grill & Bar-OCB
Chuck E. Cheese-OCB
Freebirds World Burrito-OCB
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop-OCB
Gatti’s Pizza-OCB
Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen-OCB
Hooter’s-CCB & OCB
Jack Allen’s Kitchen-OCB
Jack In the Box/Qdoba Mexican Grill-no guns policy, CCB & OCB
Jason’s Deli-CCB & OCB
Jimmy Changa’s-OCB
Monterey’s Little Mexico-OCB
Piranha Killer Sushi-OCB signs up soon
Sonic Drive-In-OCB
Taco Cabana-OCB
TGI Fridays-OCB
Top Notch Burger-OCB
Torchy’s Tacos-OCB
Tortuga Mexican Kitchen-OCB
Uberrito Mexican Grill-OCB
Waffle House-OCB
Whataburger-all 780 locations-OCB
Zocalo Cafe-OCB

IKEA-no guns policy, CCB & OCB
Jared the Galleria of Jewelry-CCB & OCB
Shops at The Pearl-OCB
Sterling Jewelers (owns Kay Jewelers, Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry, J.B. Robinson Jewelers, Osterman Jewelers, Belden Jewelers, Friedlander Jewelers, Goodman Jewelers, LeRoys Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Rogers Jewelers, Shaws Jewelers, Weisfield Jewelers, Ultra Diamond)-CCB & OCB
Toys R Us & Babies R Us-CCB & OCB
Value City Furniture-CCB & OCB
Wally’s Party Factory Stores-OCB
World Market/Cost Plus-OCB

Fry’s Electronics-OCB
Square-CCB & OCB, will refuse to do business with any gun company or firearm based transaction.

Affiliated Foods-CCB & OCB

Alley Cats-OCB
Dallas Cowboys Stadium-CCB & OCB

Book Stores:
Fifth Dimension Books-OCB

Austin Aquarium-CCB & OCB
Austin Playhouse-OCB
Ballet Austin Butler Dance Education Center-OCB
ColdTowne Theater-CCB & OCB, believe a good bit can take down a gunman and ensuring ColdTowne is a safe, gun free space.
Contemporary Austin (Laguna Gloria site & Jones Center)-CCB & OCB
Electronic Arts-weapons prohibited on all premises, CCB & OCB.
Flatbed Press & Gallery Building-OCB
Ground Floor Theatre-OCB
Highland Lanes-OCB
Hyde Park Theatre-OCB
Long Center for the Performing Arts-CCB & OCB
Mary Moody Northern Theatre (St. Edwards University)-CCB & OCB
The Movie House & Eater-OCB
Neill-Cochran House Museum-OCB
Paramount Theatre-CCB & OCB
Salvage Vanguard Theatre-CCB & OCB
Stateside Theatre-CCB & OCB
Thinkery-CCB & OCB
Violet Crown Cinema-CCB & OCB
VORTEX Repertory Company and The Butterfly Bar-no weapons allowed on property, CCB & OCB
Westgate Lanes-OCB, signs posted.
Zachary Scott Theatre-CCB & OCB

Grocery Stores:
Central Market-OCB
Fresh Plus Grocery-OCB
Royal Blue Grocery-OCB
Wheatsville Co-op: OCB

Hair Salons & Boutiques:
Been Around Resale Boutique-OCB
Embellish Nails & Boutique-OCB

Hotels, B&Bs, & Travel:
Fairview Bed & Breakfast-CCB & OCB
W Hotel-OCB

Incubators & Co-Working Spaces: 
Capitol Factory-CCB & OCB
Perch Co-Working Space-OCB

News & Media:
The Austin Chronicle=OCB

Places of Worship:
First Baptist Church of Austin-OCB
Hope Presbyterian Church-CCB & OCB
University United Methodist Church-CCB & OCB

34th Street Cafe-OCB
Alamo Drafthouse-OCB
Amy’s Ice Cream-OCB
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop-OCB
Austin’s Pizza-OCB
Azul Tequila-OCB
Barley Swine-OCB
Bennu Coffee-OCB
Best Worst-OCB
Blue Cat Cafe-OCB, signs posted.
Blue Star Cafeteria-OCB
Bouldin Creek Cafe-OCB, working on signage.
Cafe No Se and Central Standard at South Congress Hotel-OCB
Capitol City Bakery-OCB
Casa Garcia Restaurant & Sports Bar-OCB, signs posted.
Cedar Door-OCB
Central Standard-OCB, signs posted.
Chez Zee-OCB
Chisso’s Grill Southwest-CCB & OCB
Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine-OCB
Cooper’s Old Time BBQ-51% TABC signage, CCB & OCB
Counter Culture Restaurant-CCB & OCB
Cover 2-OCB
Cover 3-OCB
Curra’s Grill-OCB
Cypress Grill-OCB, signs posted.
Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club-OCB, working on signage.
Dart Bowl-OCB, signs posted.
Dog & Duck Pub-OCB
Dos Chivos Mexican Kitchen-OCB
Driskill Grill, Driskill Bar and 1886 Cafe & Baker at the Driskill Hotel
East Side Showroom-OCB
Eleven Plates & Wine-OCB
Emma and Rye-CCB & OCB
Flores Mexican Restaurant-OCB
Food! Food!-OCB
Fore Restaurant(Lakeway)-OCB
Foreign & Domestic-OCB
Franklin BBQ-OCB
Freebirds World Burrito-OCB
Fresh Cup Frozen Yogurt & Espresso Bar
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop-OCB
Galaxy Cafe-CCB & OCB
Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen-OCB
Guero’s Taco Bar-CCB & OCB
Gusto Kitchen and Wine Bar-OCB
Hecho En Mexico-OCB
Hillside Farmacy-OCB
Home Slice Pizza-OCB
Hyde Park Bar & Grill-OCB
Jack Allen’s Kitchen-OCB
Jardin Corona Restaurant-OCB
Jason’s Deli-OCB
Jim’s Restaurants-OCB
Kerbey Lane Cafe-OCB
La Condesa-OCB
The League Kitchen & Tavern-OCB
Licha’s Cantina-OCB
Lola Savannah Coffee-OCB
Luckys Puccias and Pizzeria-CCB & OCB
Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen-OCB
Matt’s El Rancho-OCB
Magnolia Cafe-OCB
Mary’s Pop Shop-OCB
Matt’s El Rancho-OCB
Maudie’s Tex Mex-OCB
Monkey Nest Coffee-OCB
Mother’s Cafe and Garden-OCB
Moviehouse & Eatery-OCB
NoVa Kitchen & Bar-OCB
NXNW Restaurant & Brewery-CCB & OCB
Odd Duck-OCB
Olamaie-CCB & OCB
The Omelettry-OCB
Once Over Coffee-CCB & OCB
Pacha Orgnic Coffee-OCB
Las Palomas-OCB
Papalote Taco House-OCB
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen-OCB
Patrizi’s Italian Food Truck-no weapons allowed, CCB & OCB
Phil’s Icehouse-OCB
Pho Saigon-OCB
P. Terry’s-OCB
Qdoba Mexican Grill-OCB
Quack’s Bakery-OCB, looking into CCB sign.
Ramen Tastu-ya-OCB
Ruby’s BBQ-OCB
Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina-OCB
Sawyer & Co.-OCB
Snack Bar Cafe & Lounge-ban all guns, CCB & OCB
Soup Peddler-OCB
South Austin Sno-OCB
South Congress Cafe-OCB
Southside Flying Pizza-OCB
The Steeping Room-OCB
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop-OCB
Swift’s Attic-OCB
Taco Deli-OCB
Taco Cabana-OCB
Tamale House East-CCB & OCB
Texas French Bread-OCB
Texas Roadhouse-OCB
Thundercloud Subs-OCB
Toasties Sub Shop-OCB
Toastie’s Subs-OCB
Tony C’s-OCB
Top Notch-OCB
Torchy’s Tacos-OCB
Town House Liquor-OCB
Trio at the Four Seasons-OCB
Trudy’s-CCB & OCB
Uchi Restaurant Group(Uchi/Uchioko)-OCB
Via 313-CCB & OCB
Waterloo Ice House-OCB
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew-OCB
Wu Chow-OCB
Yapa Artisan Empanadas-OCB
Yard Bar-OCB

Breed & Co.-OCB
Martinez Hood Watches to Jewelry-OCB
New Bohemia-OCB
New Brohemia-OCB
Oat Willie’s-CCB & OCB
Parts & Labour-OCB
Prototype Vintage Design-OCB
Q Toys-OCB
Reactive Surfaces, LLC-OCB
Room Service Vintage-CCB & OCB
Waterloo Records-OCB
Zinger’s Hardware-CCB & OCB

Other Businesses:
Agave Print-OCB
Feather and Fur Animal Hospital-OCB
McDaniel & Associates, PC-OCB
St. Edwards University-CCB & OCB
University Co-Op at UT- OCB

Buccaneer Food Stores-OCB

Corpus Christi:
Crosstown Bingo-CCB & OCB
Las Vegas Bingo-CCB & OCB

AT&T Headquarters-CCB & OCB, individual stores decide independently.
Central Market-OCB-owned by HEB, waiting to hear back if it’s statewide.
Dallas Music Academy-CCB & OCB, signs posted.
Nasher Sculpture Center-OCB.
Northpark Mall-OCB

All Good Cafe
Angry Dog
Bar Belmont
Bird Cafe
Bolsa Mercado
Cafe Brazil-CCB & OCB
Cafe Momentum
Cane Rosso
Capitol Pub
Chicken Scratch
Crisp Salad Company
Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.-OCB
Dough Pizzeria
The Dubliner
El Fenix-CCB & OCB, all weapons prohibited.
Flying Saucer
Filament (it should be noted that chef Matt McCallister says they are also banning “creepy clowns”)
The Foundry
Frankie’s-CCB & OCB
Front Room Tavern
Full Circle Tavern
Full City Rooster Coffee Roasting Studio-OCB
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Garden Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
HG Sply Co
Howdy Homemade
Kitchen LTO
LARK on the Park
Maple & Motor
Meddlesome Moth
The Mitchell
Mudhen Meats & Greens
On Premise
Pearl Cup-CCB & OCB
Pecan Lodge
Pink Magnolia
Pints and Quarts
The Porch
Rise n°1
Rodeo Goat
Saint Roccos New York Italian
Sevy’s Grill
The Slow Bone
Smoke Plano
Start Restaurant
The Theodore
Thirteen Pies
Union Coffee
Victor Tango’s
Wayward Sons
The Wild Detectives

Dripping Springs:
Yapa Artisan Empanadas-OCB

Dallas Cowboys’ Headquarters-CCB & OCB
StoneBriar Centre-CCB & OCB

CJ’s Sports Bar & Grill-OCB
Mel’s Lone Star Lanes-OCB
Mercedes Benz-OCB

Grand Prairie:
Airbus Helicopters Inc-CCB sign up, OCB sign ordered

Anadarko Headquarters-CCB & OCB, no plans to post either signs at their other business locations.
A. Taghi-CCB & OCB
Briarforest Dental Group-CCB & OCB
Children’s Museum-CCB & OCB
Houston Zoo-CCB & OCB
Methodist Hospital-OCB

The Galleria-owned by Simon Malls-OCB
Memorial City Malls-OCB
Willow Brook Mall-OCB
The Woodlands Mall-OCB

Antone’s Famous Po Boys-OCB
BackStreet Cafe-OCB
Beck’s Prime-OCB
Bernie’s Burger Bus-OCB
Cajun Stop-OCB
Common Bond-OCB
Jenni’s Noodle House-OCB
Lupe Tortilla-OCB
Natachee’s Supper and Punch-OCB
Niko Niko’s-OCB
Ninfa’s on Navigation-OCB
Pizaro’s Pizza-OCB
Spanish Village-OCB
Tacos A Go Go-OCB
Treadsack Restaurants-CCB & OCB (“FYI, Down House, Johnny’s, and Foreign Correspondents have 51% licenses. We will be posting 30.07 signs in Hunky Dory, Bernadine’s, and D&T Drive Inn. I echo Tracy’s statement in the piece: alcohol and guns don’t mix well.”)

Grocery Stores:

Bateman Tire & Auto-OCB
Castle on the Lake-OCB
Charcoal Alley-OCB

Baskin Robbins-CCB & OCB at their 3 franchise locations in the area.

Killeen Mall-OCB

Community Connections-CCB & OCB

Orlando’s Italian Restaurant-OCB

Crazy Jose’s-OCB

Midland Texas Merchants-OCB

Casa Ole-OCB

The Artist Within-CCB & OCB
Plano Community Home Sponsored Properties: CCB & OCB on all properties.

Round Rock:

San Antonio:

Ann’s Nail Salon-OCB
AT&T Stadium-CCB & OCB
Bandera Late Night Bingo-CCB &OCB
Callaghan Bingo-CCB & OCB
Children’s Museum-OCB
Golden Bingo-CCB & OCB
Ingram Park Late Night Bingo-CCB & OCB
Jackpot Bingo-CCB & OCB
Lucky Bingo-CCB & OCB
Magik Theatre-OCB
Methodist Hospital-OCB
North Star Mall-OCB
Plaza Bingo-CCB & OCB
Power Bingo-CCB & OCB

Southeast Bingo-CCB & OCB
Southwest Research Institute-CCB & OCB and has updated their Operating Policies.
Unique Bingo-CCB & OCB

Lawrence Brothers IGA

Grace Yoga Studio-OCB
Leroy’s BBQ-OCB, determining if signs are up.
Los Pericos Mexican Restaurant-OCB signs ordered & on the way.
Willis Supermarket (formerly Blairs)-OCB signs ordered & on the way.

Taste of Home Restaurant-OCB (not posting signs, welcome CC)
Shoemaker & Hardt Coffee-OCB (not posting signs, welcome CC)

86 thoughts on “Texas Gun Free Businesses

  1. So very grateful to the businesses who will not allow people to carry guns in their establishment. I would be afraid to shop where there are people with guns.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Did you mean visible unconcealed weapons? I would have to agree that open carry could possibly disrupt a peaceful environment. That is why I agree with you on unconcealed being a problem.
      However I have to mention that Texas has a large population which carries concealed weapons. If you are afraid of guns please educate yourself about the proper use and application of firearms.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Hi Christopher,

        I’m glad we agree about open carried firearms disrupting a peaceful environment. Firearms are weapons, there’s no denying that at all, and weapons tend to disrupt peaceful environments regardless. So I support businesses right to ban concealed weapons as well. I personally am educated on firearms, went hunting as a kid and didn’t like it. I have family who own firearms and hunt regularly too. I’ve also lost 2 family members to firearm related suicides and have many friends who have lost loved ones to shooters that support this site. So I’m very aware of the damage firearms can do. There is also a larger population of Texans that don’t own firearms, or own firearms yet don’t support open carry.

        Thank you,
        Heather Ross

        Liked by 1 person

      • The Children’s Place in Conroe TX will allow Open Carry of weapons in their store, according to an employee I spoke with on the phone. The woman I spoke with there said she had not contacted corporate, that it was corporate’s responsibility to let them know of any policy change/addition. In this case, I might take the initiative.

        Whatever your feelings about Open Carry please be extra careful here. I’ve had my nieces/nephews in this store and children love to tug and pull away toward the shiny, fun displays, as children do. Some risks aren’t worth it.   Jan


    • The signs are just saying no open carry, it doesn’t mean that people don’t have guns it just means they are conceal carrying the gun. You just don’t know who is carrying now.


      • Hi Gwyn,
        Thank you for your comment! The 30.06 signs say no to concealed carry. Businesses on the list do have both signs or are waiting for them to come in.

        Happy New Year!
        Heather Ross


    • Hi Tracy,

      The listed businesses have the signs posted, or will soon. 24 Hour Fitness has members sign a policy stating they won’t bring weapons of any kind-including guns-onto the premises.

      Thank you,
      Gun Free Businesses


  2. Just wanting to clarify here, is the page so the people who dont want to be around guns can know where to go shopping in a gun free zone? Or is this to inform those who choose to open carry of what businesses to boycott?


    • Hi Augustus,

      Thank you for your question! It was originally intended to be a list for people who don’t support Open Carry to know which businesses to patron and which ones to not until they post signs. Open Carry supporters are using it as a list to boycott, which is fine with me since both groups will be staying away from one another by patroning different businesses and helps avoid conflict.

      Happy New Year!
      Heather Ross

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I am not a fan of the open carry law now. But I fully support the conceal weapon. But if these stores don’t allow it will its their right. Its like telling Chick-fi-la or Hobby Lobby what that cant and can do. But that’s my view.


    • Hi Ed,

      Thank you for your comment. Though I am a pansexual woman and disagree that denying people healthcare & benefits for people who women & LGBTQ+ people-which isn’t a choice-versus carrying a weapon-which is a choice and not part of your body-are different. I do agree that the businesses do legally have the right in Texas to ban guns and weapons from their property.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Heather Ross


  4. Can’t wait for future updates..Thanks, Heather.

    What about other retail chains, JC Penney, Dillard’s, Subway, Schlosky’s, etc.
    Private Universities…

    Liked by 1 person

    • You’re very welcome. Please be sure to subscribe to https://gunfreebusinesses.wordpress.com/ for updates. JC Penney and Dillards are usually in malls, malls are consistently banning Open Carry thus far-which includes all of the retail stores inside of them. I have some private universities to add today. I encourage you to call businesses to find out (ask whether they ban concealed carry too-requires an updated 30.06 sign, for a language change and the open carry sign is a 30.07 one) and then email me at gunfreebusinesses@gmail.com with the info. Thank you!


    • I’m moving Starbucks to the Open Carry Business list today. They commented that they request people not to carry weapons onto their property, but that it ‘wasn’t a prohibition.’ I encourage you to contact them to let them know how you feel.


      • If I’m not mistaken (from my CHL class) a verbal is as good as a posted sign. While I am not a big supporter of open carry (I believe those who will open carry are the ones who have this “Look at me” attitude) I only like it because if I accidentally expose my weapon, I will not violate the law. I will conceal carry only where allowed. I do find it somewhat strange though, that those on here claiming they will feel safer in a business where no one is allowed to carry must be somewhat confused. A person with harmful intent couldnt care less about the law, some sign or a business owners wish. People that are liscensed to carry have gone through training, are typically law abiding and are willing to save the life of people when confronted by a violent offender. My weapon will never be shown unless I or some other innocent person is in fear of or in danger of losing their life to some criminal element. So those stating they will only support businesses that ban OC and CC may actually be going into a more dangerous place than one that allows carrying. Just my 2¢ worth.


      • Hi Walter,

        I think each person has a different view of what makes them feel safe. For some it’s not having guns around, others it is having guns around and on their body ready to go. Some people feel safer with law enforcement around, others without them around. People don’t have to like guns for any reason they choose, people don’t have to feel safe around guns either whether it’s fact based, personal experience, ‘propaganda’ as I’m being accused of, or anything else.

        Have a wonderful day,


    • You’re welcome! Businesses on this list don’t want armed business, I’m pretty sure they aren’t worried to ‘lose’ armed business when they will be getting so much more business supporting their stance to ban guns on their property.


  5. Thank you for posting this list. I’ll know where not to shop since I will not support businesses that do not support open carry or concealed carry.


    • You’re very welcome. The businesses on this list don’t want or mind losing armed customers in favor of the financial boost they will receive for being on this list.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Happy New Year!


  6. I left a reply and evidently it doesn’t conform to your beliefs so therefore it won’t get posted….which is what I suspected in the first place.
    Only remarks that “support” your biased thinking will appear on here


    • Hi Denise,

      I’m allowing polite responses here, not angry rants that are insulting people-which I’ve received several of. If you want to comment here, you will have to be polite and respectful of others commenting here-including me-as well as to the site itself. As a Texan, I’m a big believer in manners. Thank you for your interest in my site and for your comment. This site does respect people’s right to own firearms and businesses right to choose to prohibit weapons on their property by anyone other than law enforcement or security. Do remember, Texas is a VERY pro-business state.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Happy New Year!
      Heather Ross


  7. Hi Heather Ross, Thank you for making this information public, I stopped going to Whataburger and now have several other places to NOT patronize. Guns are not evil, if you distrust the people around you so much you should find a cave and be a HERMIT. And for the record, I believe you are manipulating the posted response.


    • Hi Greg,

      You’re very welcome! I’m sure the businesses will be happy to not have your business. I’ve been MODERATING the post responses, which means I have to approve them before they are shown. Gun sites do the same, or delete them after they’ve been posted. This way is easier for me. Anyway, as I stated in a response earlier I’m not allowing rude or disrespectful comments towards me, the site or anyone else. Though yours is impolite and reads like you just want to yell at me instead of contributing to a healthy conversation here, I’m allowing it so you and anyone else who comments will understand.
      You aren’t banned, if you wish to comment in the future be polite and contribute to the conversation in a HEALTHY way.

      Happy New Year!
      Thank you,
      Heather Ross


      • Don’t understand why this guy can rant and I can’t even tell people how to stay safe. Can someone please contact me and explain why my comment was removed? What I find impolite is the fact that the moderator will not even allow me to be part of the conversation for reasons that I don’t quite understand (I assume it is due to my beliefs) if someone would contact me or repost my initial comment I would appreciate it.


      • Hi Winston,

        Your comment might be further down the forum. This is a free informational blogsite of mine, I can moderate it as I see fit. Pro-gun sites moderate as they see fit. I’ve also got 87 comments to sort through right now while I update the list. Updating the list is more of a priority than approving or disallowing comments and responding to them. This site isn’t a forum for people to argue or rant about their beliefs no matter where you sit on these issues. If you have a general question or concern that is relevant I’ll answer it.
        Comments also don’t show up until I approve them and I haven’t unapproved any comment that I approved. So if yours got through it should still be there.
        For anyone reading this, I definitely am not tolerating trolling either. If you respond in ALL CAPS your post will automatically not be approved. You can go elsewhere to ALL CAPS RANT.

        Happy New Year!
        Have a wonderful week,
        Thank you


      • Winston,

        I just found your original comment with the ‘warning’. I have a disability, epilepsy in fact, and found it offensive that you view us less abled than people without disabilities who you rudely phrased ‘can’t protect themselves’ so it won’t be posted. Your comment also comes across as incredibly sarcastic and wasn’t genuine.
        You aren’t banned, I don’t have to give you a platform to discriminate against people or be rude.

        Thank you,

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      • Let’s help Heather, each other and ourselves. We’re grownups seeking information. Post info about whether particular businesses allow Open Carry, Concealed Carry, or ban either or both. Keep it brief, kind and to the point. Good day, everyone, and God bless you all.

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  8. So saddened to see Half Price Books on your list as not allowing any firearms. I have been shopping there for 30 years and never seen a 30.06 sign. Is this something new? Either way, I guess Amazon will be getting more of my business.


    • Hi John,

      Thank you for your question! Many businesses are adding 30.06 signs along with 30.07 signs or updating their policy with the new Open Carry law in effect to cover all of their bases.

      Have a wonderful day!


      • Thank you very much for this important information. I too grew up with guns, have owned many in my lifetime, even participated in shooting competetions. However I choose not to shop or eat where I have to expect a gun toting man or woman to walk in at any time. I think it is unrealistic to expect me to assume that anyone carrying a gun is one of the ‘good’ guys and just continue eating or shopping as usual. Please continue the good work, and maybe you could do some research for those of us in Ft.Worth.

        Have a blessed 2016!


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      • Hi Jo!

        Thank you. I’m not against people owning guns, it’s just difficult for anyone to know other than the person carrying the firearm their intent especially in a public place. It’s incredibly important for gun owners to safely store their guns-which not every gun owner knows how to do and this is something else that needs to be improved to prevent ‘accidents.’ The list is growing from across the state each day, it’s 2am and I’m still updating the site as well as responding to comments. I’ll reach out to ppl in Ft. Worth to get the data coming in. Send any businesses you find out their policies on my way at gunfreebusinesses@gmail.com

        Have a wonderful year!


  9. Heather Ross
    It is a shame that you are only posting people that agree with you.
    I thought this was a open form to discuss the issue but I was wrong.
    Please understand that if a their is ever a need for me to protect you tell me don’t believe in me carrying my gun.


    • Hi Wayne,

      Thank you for your comment. I don’t know where you got that this was a forum for people to argue with each other. It’s more of a place for me to give feedback and answer questions. The title of the site isn’t ‘open carry discussion forum’ it’s an informational list that I’m managing and as the owner of the site I can moderate the forums as I see fit.
      I’ve been in dangerous situations before and there was no need for a gun, it would have only escalated the situations I’ve been in and I’ve had a butcher knife to my throat-I talked the person down. So I’m pretty sure I can handle myself. Thank you for your concern though! I also haven’t said I’m against people owning guns, I’m against a guns everywhere society. I don’t think pulling out a gun is a good way to resolve conflict.

      Have a wonderful week,


  10. As a CHL holder I’m mad at these Open Carry idiots. Because of them I’m losing some places that I can go with my firearm. Will I boycott businesses on this list or with proper signs, NO.


  11. I agree with the fact that companies have a right to refuse service just as I have a right not to use their service. My issue is more with you Heather. You come across very close minded. You blame weapons for things in your past but I hate to tell you this but a gun did not cause the suicides in your family. If not a gun then something else would have been used. I am VERY sorry for your loss as it is very sad. The loss of any loved one, reguardless of how, is hard.
    I pray you have a Blessed Year and that you find peace in your life.


    • I didn’t say I blame the gun, statistically suicide attempts with guns end in death at much higher rates than any other means. If you OD on pills you are very likely to survive, get help and move on with your life. I had a suicide attempt in my past and I’m still here so NO the stigma that if someone wants to commit suicide they will find a way is inaccurate. The new Executive Order by Obama will provide $500 million to increase access to mental health care which will help suicide rates further drop across the board.
      Think I’m close minded if you want, we don’t truly know one another so I don’t take it personally or as an insult. Thanks for the feedback and condolences though. Yes, losing him was incredibly hard on my family as a whole.

      Happy New Year,


  12. I don’t carry. Don’t even have a CCL. But, I have not entered any business who posted a 30.06 sign for years now. I view these signs as “Criminals Welcome” indicators. The 30.07 sign alone will not stop me from doing business, it will merely move them to second choice if I know their competition has no such policy.

    Thank you Heather for this website which makes it easier for folks like myself to determine the attitudes of the business before we waste our money.

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  13. I emailed you privately already, but wanted to say again publicly how much I appreciate the work you have done to create, moderate and manage this list of businesses for the Austin public. I started contacting businesses about a month before the law took effect because of my own concerns of exposing my children to a world in which carrying guns everywhere is considered “normal,” and of a law that supports irrational fears and suspicion of fellow human beings. I am so grateful for the businesses here in Texas that will not succumb to fear and panic, and who prioritize the safety and well-being of their customers. Thanks so much for doing this with pleasantness and grace. 🙂

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  14. Can anyone tell me of a store comparable to TJ Maxx that will ban Open Carry? So far even Steinmart says they will allow Open Carry and I just don’t want to shop at businesses that allow. Like so many of you, don’t want to disrespect others’ views — just be true to my own values. I may just have to pay full price or wait for deep sales to get good quality but thank goodness Dillards, Tommy Bahama, others opting out of Open Carry. Another real tough challenge: Building materials — Lowes, Home Depot, both will allow. Other places I’ve checked out: Both FedEx and UPS say NO open carry and don’t let their individual sites tell you differently, which some will try to do. I talked to UPS corporate HQ today. I was told to call back the very rude Montgomery County-area store and tell them corporate said they could not make their own decision.

    Also, all Methodist Churches — a United Methodist Churches conference policy, NO Open Carry!

    Just to clarify: Valero/Corner Store — a layered mess. CST BRands (operates many Corner Stores) no real word. Valero — also confusing. At least Chevron, Shell, Stripes on board with NO OPEN Carry.

    I’m weary, after days and days of calling, of the “end-around statement ‘We’ll follow the law’ by some business spokespeople. In fact, following the law means a business owner may opt out of allowing Open Carry. Agree or disagree, there are options. And, Heather, great job — a service to us all.


    • Hi Jan,

      Thank you so much! I’ll add the ones to the site that aren’t already on the list. Great work calling and finding out where all of these businesses stand. Get some rest tonight.



    • Much as we might hope, the statement: “…all Methodist Churches — a United Methodist Churches conference policy, NO Open Carry!” can not be true. What IS true is that the official position of the worldwide United Methodist Church (UMC) is that every church is a weapon-free zone, under Resolution #5011, 2008 Book of Resolutions
      However, under Methodist polity, that does not constitute a directive for individual congregations to post notice, allowing local churches to decide for themselves under Texas law whether to allow weapons.

      No one group speaks for all congregations of the UMC in Texas, which is composed of five separate geographically-defined organizational units, known as Annual Conferences, the names of which are Texas, North Texas, Rio Texas, Central Texas, and Northwest Texas. From relatively cursory research (the spirit of this website would seem to discourage inordinately meticulous searches for open carry bans, even while seeking to identify, report, and support them), there do not appear to be uniform responses to Penal Code Section 30.07 among the UMC annual conferences in the state.

      The Rio Texas Annual Conference has chosen to take NO position
      on the matter, leaving it to individual churches in the conference to determine their lawful permission or prohibition of both open and concealed carry. The Texas Annual Conference stance
      has been to RECOMMEND that its churches prohibit open carry, and it has made NO recommendation concerning concealed carry. Both conferences make it clear that churches which DO decide to prohibit either open or concealed carry MUST comply with either 30.06 or 30.07, including signage, as applicable.

      The other three annual conferences in Texas do not appear to have issued any official positions or recommendations.


  15. Some of the business listed as banning concealed carry (CCB) are actually 51% signs. TABC requires the signs, the business has no choice to allow or ban weapons.

    I like Kay’s post. I also have a small grandchild and for her safety I already do not do business with many of the businesses on this list.


  16. Do you have information about Target? I thought that their national company policy was to prohibit guns, but they are not anywhere on your list. I’m also curious about the Trader Joe’s in the Dallas area. Does it vary store-to-store? Or is there a nationwide or statewide policy? Thanks for helping make this information available!


    • Hi Melody!

      Thank you for asking! Target is on the Open Carry Businesses page on this site: https://gunfreebusinesses.wordpress.com/open-carry-businesses/ they are requesting people to not carry in their stores, but aren’t posting either the 30.07 or 30.06 sign. They will stay on that list until the signs are up. Trader Joe’s is banning open carry with a 30.07 sign statewide. I moved them to be under the state-wide section. You’re very welcome!

      Have a wonderful week!


    • Heather will know more. But before I knew of Heather’s efforts and this site, I called Target in Conroe and was told they would allow. Then some confused language about they would ask people who “carried” to please not make others uncomfortable. That was Jan. 1. Have heard nothing since. I have been extremely busy trying to find any resource for building materials as my husband and I live in an older home and are generally remodeling something. It’s been very frustrating.


  17. Thank you for publishing the names of stores who do not allow guns. I reposted it on my local bulletin board. I agree this is just a place to get the list of businesses that you can or can’t go into, depending on your views. It a public service and should only be seen as that. Just like some complain about thier rights to bare arms. I have the right not to want to carry. Have a great new year.

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  18. HI Heather,

    I went into two different Tom Thumbs in Dallas this morning, and they are “following the law” by allowing both open and concealed carry. You need to remove them from your list. The Sprouts that I went into appeared to be banning both open and concealed carry. They had both 30.06 and 30.07 signs posted.


  19. Also, i went to Jo-Ann, and they are allowing both open and concealed carry and should be removed from your list. Whole Foods is banning both open and concealed carry. And Whole Earth Provision is banning Open Carry, but not Concealed.


  20. Unfortunately, this is the result of someone deciding what’s best for the general public, and discriminating against law-abiding gun owners, based on experiences they–personally–had. While I’m very sorry you’ve lost family to gun-related suicide, is it possible that your loved ones were denied, or grossly under-provided, the psychological care they needed to prevent taking their lives in the first place? The gun wasn’t the cause, just like the car isn’t at fault, when someone chooses to drive intoxicated.

    If you think these bans are going to deter ‘gun-related crime’, you are sadly, sadly mistaken. No criminal is going to legally possess a gun in the first place. What you will potentially deter is a law-abiding, trained citizen from responding to, or even preventing, a heinous crime from taking place, in the 6-8 minutes it takes for law enforcement to arrive, AFTER the violence has transpired. The best defense is a good offense.

    Perhaps all this effort you’re exuding could be redirected at ensuring those individuals who need psychiatric/psychological evaluation and care, actually receive it? Perhaps focus on the root of the problem, which is most definitely NOT a law abiding citizen exercising his/her constitutional right to bear arms. That’s the PC choice. Providing signage and directories for your ’cause’ gets you the most recognition, for as little effort possible. Maybe tackle the harder epidemic, which is a serious lack of mental healthcare in this country. That’s the uphill battle–the dirty little secret our administration, and anti-gun lobbyists like yourself, try to sweep under the rug. Be an advocate for individuals and families of those crying out for help, to no avail, who end up taking lives because they’ve lost all hope. That, my friend, is a cause to support and I challenge you to champion it.


    • Hi,

      I think you’re perception that I don’t champion advocating increasing feasible access to mental health for everyone, especially those who need it is very far off. I’ve been doing that for awhile. I have a play premiering later this year addressing peoples experiences with domestic violence and how much mental health care & work it takes to get back to feeling normal again. Whatever your feelings about the President one of the Executive Actions is to provide $500 million for mental health in this nation, when I found out I cried because my work has paid off and more people will be able to get help. It’s possible to champion multiple causes at once. I know because I do it every single day.

      You seem to assume everyone open carrying at businesses that allow it will be licensed. Businesses are legally allowed to opt out by law. They aren’t breaking any law doing so and the 2nd Amendment doesn’t grant the right to carry everywhere all of the time. Using the 2nd Amendment is a false argument. Also, businesses that do allow guns puts the employees in the place of checking each person for their CHL, which employees have been consistently saying they don’t want to do.

      I also know mental health was a factor for my cousin, so was the gun. It’s not either or, it’s both. Humans are responsible for creating weapons, the laws around them, and what is done with them. Guns are a very real and clear part of gun violence. Saying they aren’t is doing so to ignore the facts and reality of it all for your own preferential benefits. So I challenge you to be more open minded in accepting the role guns play in gun violence.

      Thank you,
      Gun Free Businesses


    • Let me set the record straight for myself and, I believe, for many others. I am participating on the Gun Free Businesses site simply because we believe each individual should have a choice as to whether they patronize businesses that allow or don’t allow Open Carry. Opinions, arguments — of little interest to me. Please don’t assume I need a lecture on how to handle anyone in my family who has a mental illness; certainly do not presume I have made a decision from some uninformed place. I am Christian, very educated, a longtime community activist, and well-schooled in public policy, including law enforcement, social justice, and mental/emotional problems and treatment. I simply choose to shop in a different environment than you. Please, let’s stop cluttering this information-intended space with useless arguments. Neither you nor I are going to change anyone’s minds. Thanks very much for your cooperation.


  21. Thank you for the effort in creating this list, and it will serve as a compass for law-abiding citizens on where to shop or not. However, this rhetoric really hurts my heart.

    While I fully support businesses having absolute freedom to operate how they wish, I also support personal freedom. What I don’t fathom is the point of view many have whom are against those who possess a License to Carry (LTC) issued by the State of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The banning of these licensed patrons does not make the businesses environment safer, but does rather the opposite; it announces to those who carry a firearm without a license (criminal) they have no one opposing them and can come and go at free will, thus putting unarmed patrons at risk. The law-abiding citizen with an LTC being banned from the store (unless they disarm) have the following credentials:

    1) No felony convictions.
    2) No drug-related convictions.
    3) No mental disabilities.
    4) No Class B misdemeanor convictions in the past 5 years.
    5) Have passed an FBI background check.

    How much do you know about the other patrons?


  22. Thank you so much Heather for all your efforts and hard work publishing this list. I have lived all over the world and sadly feel far less safe in my own country because of guns. I also find it sad to hear Europeans and Australians for example say that they won’t travel to the US because it is too dangerous. I know we have a strong history with guns but it seems totally out of control. At least this list gives me the opportunity to shop and dine in an atmosphere that I feel comfortable. Others feel differently and can choose not to patronize these businesses. Freedom of choice is important. Thanks again!

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  23. Thank you for this site and list, Heather. I do not feel safe around Open Carry for several reasons. One, I’ve already seen too many photos of Open Carry advocates bringing assault weapons into restaurants, lining them up in chairs and booths, and then turning their attention away from them, leaving plenty of opportunity for a criminal or mentally ill person to grab one and start shooting. People who do not keep their weapon under their control at all times should not be Open Carrying in the first place. Two, if someone comes into a business and tries to rob it, I would much prefer that they get what they want and leave peacefully. I do NOT want to get caught in a crossfire. It doesn’t matter to me if I get shot by a criminal OR by an Open Carry advocate…the injury or death is the same. When there is a robbery or hostage situation, the Police do NOT simply start shooting at the crime scene. They try to get control of the situation, and will use non-lethal methods in preference to assault rifles. The Open Carry advocates have no intention of using non-lethal methods, they come prepared to kill, but not to do anything else. I do not want to get shot by mistake by someone who doesn’t know how to do anything but kill. Three, I would refer Open Carry advocates to the events surrounding the death of Chris Kyle, the American Sniper. He had guns, he was *highly* trained (and awarded) in their use, he had a friend with him who also had guns, they were forewarned that the third man was not normal, and yet both Kyle and his friend were killed, and the shooter walked away without a scratch. Open Carry of guns did not save the American Sniper OR his friend, nor did it stop the man who murdered them in cold blood. Open Carry does not work to do what Open Carry advocates say it will.

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  24. I’m genuinely surprised by how many business have choosen to ban open carry, but condone their patrons carrying a concealed handgun!


    • Will everyone please respectfully honor the intention of this site — information only on which businesses allow Open Carry, under what circumstances (they do vary); which prohibit even concealed carry, etc. Some of us simply want to know and have no desire to promote or denigrate others’ opinions? Please direct any opinions on Open Carry to appropriate forums. Thanks very much. This isn’t an attempt to limit the First Amendment — love it! Just a time-saving request.

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  25. All,

    while I respect everyone’s right to not allow or allow OC or CC, we must all remember, it is the law abiding citizens that decide to carry whether concealed or open legally. It is also the law abiding citizen that will honor the requests of these businesses. The common criminal could care less. I respect these business’s right to choose, and I hop all will respect my right to choose to do business elsewhere.


  26. Hello, after contacting Joann customer service (there were no signs posted at either of the locations I visited), I received the following reply:

    Thank you for contacting Jo-Ann Customer Service. I am very sorry for the delay in response. We are experiencing a higher than normal email volume.

    I am so very sorry for the inconvenience. There was a miscommunication that occurred on our end. We have received clarification on our policy regarding firearms and it is that Jo‐Ann follows all applicable laws regarding firearms and private property. Jo‐Ann prefers that guns are not brought into our stores, in order to help foster a comfortable shopping environment for our customers. However, if a customer lawfully brings a gun into a store, and is not disrupting other customers or is not perceived as a threat, then we generally will allow it. If the presence of guns is disruptive or perceived as a threat in any way, our store managers are instructed to contact the police. We believe this approach represents a reasonable middle ground, given the passionate advocacy on both sides of this issue.

    If you need anything else please call our Customer Service Department at 888-739-4120. We are open Monday-Saturday 9AM-7PM EST.

    Thank you,

    Customer Service Coordinator

    So you need to remove Joann from your “Gun Free” list. They, like Target, are SAYING they don’t allow guns, but are unwilling to take any measures to ACTUALLY disallow guns.


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