Property Owners Prohibiting Firearms
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 27 October 2013, Question 3
I answered a question on property owners prohibiting firearms on Philosophy in Action Radio on 27 October 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should a person respect signs prohibiting guns in certain areas? Some businesses and government offices announce that firearms are prohibited in the building, yet no screening is conducted to ensure that firearms are excluded. In such "pretend gun-free zones," law-abiding people will disarm, while criminals and other dangerous or careless people will not. Is this a violation of a person's right to self-defense? Should people refuse to disarm in face of such signs?
My Answer, In Brief: A person's right to self-defense is not violated when a property owner forbids guns on his property. The property owner is entitled to set the terms for his property, and if others don't approve, they can stay away.
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