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#1 Colt Chopper

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 07:40 AM

I just returned from the TCA event in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Had a great time, great weather, very nice displays, and as always, enjoyed visiting with new and old friends,

 

Unfortunately it ended on a bad note when I returned to the Holiday Inn Sunday evening,

As I entered the clerk at the front desk inquired what was in the cases I had, and was informed "NO FIREARMS" ARE ALLOWED on their premises.

Civil conversation went no where, I had been there since Friday, I had no choice but to gather my belongings and vacate there hotel as I was not about to leave the firearms in my vehicle.

 

I contacted Holiday Inn corporate this morning to question this policy, and was informed that this was Holiday Inn's policy through out the United States, other than one place in Texas.

 

Personally, no Holiday Inn will ever see another dime of my money as long as I live, others might consider this policy when traveling in the future.

 

David, if this is posted on the wrong board, I apologize.

 

Again, great time at  TCA, look forward to it again in the future.

 

Jack


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#2 RoscoeTurner

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 08:10 AM

Reading back through ten years worth of discussions on this, similar policies have been in place at the various chains for at least that long.

I would contact the manager of the hotel you stayed at to confirm if it was their location's policy or if the desk clerk was enforcing his own rule.  I have never had a problem staying at HIE with firearms.


https://www.conceale...-hotels/#policy
 

IHG Hotels Gun Policy (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Avid, Staybridge, Candlewood, Hotel Indigio, EVEN Hotels, Kimptom, Hualuxe, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts,

 

IHG does not have a system-wide policy regarding the ability to carry firearms on property at IHG branded hotels. Rather, we believe this decision is a local one that rests with our franchisees, the overwhelming majority of which do not have policies prohibiting firearms at their hotels. In those specific instances, a guest would be advised of this policy during the reservation process. (Email received Aug 8th 2018)


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 09:00 AM

I have always stayed at the Hampton Inn I New Philadelphia.  Always Clean, staff have always been courteous and accommodating. Never had an issue with firearms here. I will never stay at another Holiday Inn when I am traveling.


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 09:49 AM

Just returned from the Michigan Antique Arms Collector show I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Wixom, no issues with gun cases crossing there lobby. 


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 10:05 AM

next time say none of your business or its a saxophone

 

i consider these issues to be none of anyone's business


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 10:17 AM

IHG does not have a system-wide policy regarding the ability to carry firearms on property at IHG branded hotels. Rather, we believe this decision is a local one that rests with our franchisees, the overwhelming majority of which do not have policies prohibiting firearms at their hotels. In those specific instances, a guest would be advised of this policy during the reservation process. 

 

Thanks for posting this Roscoe. I have never had an issue at HI and am a IHG rewards member. It makes me wonder about the individual that Jack spoke to at corporate HQ. People often insert their own agendas until called out on it, "May I please see the written policy or document that prohibits me from possession?" Then they start fumbling around with excuses....


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 10:37 AM

When asked, "what's in that case?" My answer "noneya, noneya business"


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 11:10 AM

Im going to have to stop and talk to them as I wonder what I would get told to see if the policy changes per shift.
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 12:35 PM

We have an excellent Gun Show every August at our local Airport Holiday Inn. It is held in the conference room. It is the Oregon Arms 2-Day show. Maybe 1,000 guns of different types on tables and slung on shoulders. The Oregon Arms Collectors have been doing this show at the Holiday Inn forever. Here is a photo I took from the last show, of my friend's M1 table...

 

So I guess Holiday Inn Oregon does not have a blanket policy about firearms. 

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 01:30 PM

Obviously everyone has had different experiences at different locations. At 54 years old, over 20 years as an FFL, I have never had an issue regarding this subject before.

 

But this instance has left a permanent impression on my view of the HIE chain, and will never be forgotten.


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:09 PM

There have been several business chains that have come out anti-gun in the past several years.  "Panera Bread" comes to mind at once. 

 

I'm not a huge fan of the NRA, but they've published a list of their enemies.  The link isn't comprehensive, but it is a start. 

 

Personally, I refuse to conduct business with any anti-gun business or company.

 

https://www.opposing...ort-gun-control


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:19 PM

Just got off the phone with the Hell-iday Inn CC is referring to and spoke with the manager who was on duty at the time. She said, and I quote it was a safety concern for my guests and my front desk clerk, so I told him he couldnt have it in the building in the same conversation she stated that concealed carry is fine and you can have that in your room but she could not produce this policy she continued to refer to. Only stating that she was going to have to contact corporate and discuss it with them.

Btw I called corporate.....spoke with them and they said if the location says that, they can enforce that as it is their right to refuse service but she thought it was sketchy that it was on the third night there was an issue.

CC call corporate as they would like to talk to you and document this for the hotels record. Ill also be posting this information at my range and letting other shooting groups who use my range know this is their stance as well.
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:47 PM

I always thought that when you rented a room it was the same as being your property for the time rented.
And as my grandma used to say " you don't tell everything you know"
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:52 PM

Why would you tell the hotel what is in your bags? Just politely refuse to answer. If they push it, than threaten legal action under the 4th Amendment against illegal searches of your property. A minimum wage hotel staff will not push back. 


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:07 PM

Tell them you have a quart of liquor in the bag. Who knows? Might have a thirsty gal behind the counter. It happens.
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:14 PM

Probably increased sensitivity following the Vegas shooting. I have been at a holiday inn where every one there was a shooter in the cmp games and were cleaning m1 garand in the parking lot. That was a few years ago.
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:17 PM

"Why would you tell the hotel what is in your bags? Just politely refuse to answer. If they push it, than threaten legal action under the 4th Amendment against illegal searches of your property. A minimum wage hotel staff will not push back." xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx R67, Are you suggesting that Jack should have pushed the issue to the point that the local police get involved?? Next they search Jacks cases and find a TSMG and a BAR. Then Jack would spend the next 4 hours explain the guns are legal. Jack did the right thing, thank God you weren't present to advise him. Jim C
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 07:42 PM

Yall telling Jack he should have done this, that, or the other are sorta like Monday armchair quarterbacks. He did the right thing as number one rule when walking around with machine guns is to not draw attention to yourself. Also bear in mind that HI pays the property taxes, therefore it ain't your personal space. Now if they cannot produce a written policy on something that he signed and they did not have a sign you may have a case against them.

For sure it was uneasiness due to cases ala Las Vegas. That said, Jack was profiled, discriminated against and should have a case with the ACLU.

Gun owners could be a powerful force if they banded together as a combined force, but it seems the other side is better about doing that. I even tried to find a comprehensive list of anti gun establishments and struggled. If such a thing were published all the time by NRA you think businesses will take a hit. I try to do business with companies that like me.

Sorry about your experience Jack, must have made for a fun night. I hope they refunded one nights stay.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 07:52 PM

I think it's prudent to continue the conversation with Holiday Inn Express corporate.  I stayed at one of their hotels at least every other week for 2 years, and never even thought of the issue.  Their hotels are well maintained, and I'd prefer to keep them as an option, though I'm upset with how they treated CC.  That will certainly weigh on any upcoming hotel decisions, as will anything we learn from the follow-up.  

 

Like CC, if asked, I would say yes, I have firearms.  Some may be comfortable with deflection, but that's a personal decision, and I certainly understand it, though it would not be my natural response.

 

Got Uzi,

 

With you being in the area, and its proximity to Tusco, I would think you might be able to apply the most pressure on this particular Holiday Inn Express location through the methods you mentioned.

 

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 08:08 PM

In Tennessee it is same as being in your home.
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