Open carry advocates often tell us that they are acting for everyone’s best interest because they are standing up for personal freedoms. In Kansas City, they are bringing the point home.
Jose Montanez is the owner of two high end barber shops, in Kansas City and nearby Shawnee who decided when Kansas recently enacted a law legalizing open carry that he did not want his barber shops to be bristling with openly displayed weaponry. To that end, he posted signs on his doors advising his customers that the shops do not allow weapons on the premises.
Montanez is unfazed by the criticism and threats of boycott rolling in from various gun nuts. He’s confident that his shops deliver a service that people want and will prosper without their business and says that he will know what is going on in his shop.
“If somebody walks into the establishment with a gun in their hand, I am automatically going to assume it’s bad news,” he told KCTV-TV.
His Facebook page rapidly filled up with comments such as:
“I know where I’m not getting my hair cut.”
“I’ll get my hair cut somewhere else.”
“Would never consider doing business there now.”
Customers in the shop shared a much different attitude with KCTV however, mostly voicing support for Montanez and his decision.
“I’m not against the open carry, but there’s moderation to everything. It makes no sense to bring a gun into a barber shop,” customer Harry Ramirez said. “In a family setting, why would that be surprising? That’s what shocks me.”
Montanez said that he has to think of all of his customers and that he worries that some of the women and young children who use his services might be frightened or uncomfortable in a barber shop where people were openly displaying weapons.
Watch a report from KCTV below.