At most gun shops I’ve been in, a “No Loaded Guns” sign is purely a CYA measure, so that if Lurleen brings her Mossberg in to be fixed and accidentally lets fly some buckshot through the wainscoting, there’s a sign to point at during any subsequent insurance wrangling or legal contretemps.The Pawnbroker brought up something similar in comments here:
fla was early to the concealed-carry dance, but even predating that, and much more so since, on the front door of pretty much every licensed premises (ffl) you'll see a bold-lettered sign "no loaded firearms".But he also went on to explain the flip side to this CYA policy:
now in the pre-permit days it was fairly easy to defend such as a simple reminder to unload weapons being brought in to sell, pawn, trade, etc...
..it brings into focus just how often the need for permit holders to unload -or offload- their weapon in the car before they can enter these premises unnecessarily endangers everyone in the vicinity, as manipulating mags, slides, and cylinders requires much touching. and though some anti's would have you believe the very presence of guns can cause random carnage even when they're safely in their holsters, it's all that touching that can result in an n.d.