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Robert Haack Diamonds Owner at Center of Concealed Carry Controversy

Bret Eulberg told FOX 6 he would not allow guns in his store, sparking a spirited debate on Facebook.

Comments made by owner Bret Eulberg have put him in the center of a concealed-carry controversy.

Last week, Wisconsin lawmakers approved lifting the ban on carrying concealed weapons, leaving Illinois as the last state to do so.

Wisconsin businesses, however, will have the right to post signs at the entrance of their business prohibiting concealed weapons, and it was Eulberg's thoughts he shared with FOX 6 NOW on posting the sign that has caused plenty of backlash.

"It's crazy, now I have to put a sign up saying 'no guns allowed,'" Eulberg told FOX 6. "Again, it's still not going to stop the bad guy from coming in with the gun.

"You don't want to have that worry all the time. You want to make sure we are just normal people here, not, I don't want to say something bad and all of the sudden you whip out a gun at me."

After making those comments in a story that appeared online June 22, Eulberg received angry messages from gun advocates who threatened to boycott his store.

In a follow-up interview with FOX 6 two days later, Eulberg tried to explain his stance again, telling a reporter his stance is practical, not political, but the debate raged on, especially on the company's Facebook page.

"My concern is as it's always been ... law-abiding citizens legally carrying concealed weapons are NOT a threat to your store or your employees, Gary Tucholl commented. "I fail to understand why merchants should fear us. Posting your store against legally carried weapons makes no sense. You have to realize that criminals are only going to see those signs as a 'safe haven' for them."

Many said they'd take their business elsewhere and encouraged others to do the same.

"I guess I will have to spend a few thousand dollars at some other jewlery shop for that engagement ring and wedding band set," Bronson Smith wrote. "I don't do business with businesses that are anti gun. You lose!"

"No guns in the store means no money from people that believe in our Second Amendment rights," Jim Popp added. "Criminals will have no fear when entering your store."

Others backed Eulberg on Facebook.

"All Robert Haack wants to do is simply eliminate the variables that can contribute to a misinterpretation of intention by simply keeping the store neutral on the inside," Daniel Lee commented. "To accomplish this, all they ask is that you leave your weapons in the car, come in unarmed with the intention to do business on neutral grounds and have a mutual trust in each other as customer and merchant/business. To simplify, they want to ensure that everyone that steps foot in the store is on a common, if not neutral ground."

"As for all of you out there who are causing such an issue over this ... grow up," Dawn Moneyhan posted. "If this law hadn't been passed you wouldn't be here spouting or causing problems for a business that has been good to you all this time."

Editor's Note: according to the Facebook debate, Robert Haack has an armed security guard on duty.

Jim Popp June 27, 2011 at 10:28 PM
To me it is "If you believe in the Bill of Rights without exception" Do you believe in the founding fathers of our country?. I will agree times do change. Lately with all the crime around I feel the need to arm myself more now than ever. The police do not have to protect us.The business isn't going to protect us. Should we all become sheep and let harm come to us without any type of resistance? If I prefer not to shop at Robert Haack. It is my right as does he have the rights to prevent me from doing so Thanks for your time
Todd Wormmeester June 28, 2011 at 09:35 PM
To me the owner must be dense if he believes a sign is going to stop a criminal from bringing a firearm in his store. All his sign does is tell criminals that the chances of being stopped by a legally-armed citizen is almost nil at his store...sort of like a "Please Rob Me" sign.
Wildfire June 28, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Brett Eulberg should absolutely be able to post "NO GUNS ALLOWED!" on the store's door, it is after all HIS store. "It's crazy, now I have to put a sign up saying 'no guns allowed,'" Eulberg told FOX 6. "Again, it's still not going to stop the bad guy from coming in with the gun. You don't want to have that worry all the time. You want to make sure we are just normal people here, not, I don't want to say something bad and all of the sudden you whip out a gun at me." Brett Eulberg understands and admits that the signs won't stop "Bad Guys" from coming in and robbing the store and customers, or murdering those present, as happens all too often. What does Mr. Eulberg REALLY think of his regular customers and clients? "I don't want to say something bad and all of the sudden you whip out a gun at me." On top of Mr. Eulberg thinking his customers are low-life scum, he just wants to be sure, that if the store is a robbed, the victims in his store will be defenseless for the criminals' convenience and safety. I believe a boycott of Mr. Eulberg's store is just wrong. However, because of Mr. Eulberg's low opinion of his customers and his disregard for his customers' safety and well being; as for my friends, myself and my loved ones; WE will NEVER enter the "Criminal Friendly" environment of Mr. Eulberg's store, and we will make our jewellery purchases elsewhere. I hope every civil minded person in the area will do the same.
Bret Eulberg June 30, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Hi, Channel 12 did a very nice story on this. They did interview a bar owner - do guns and alcohol mix? We need to come up with solutions that does not hurt the economy. http://www.wisn.com/news/28389342/detail.html#COMMENTTOP
Bren July 01, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Personally, I think I would feel safer if people just carried their guns in a holster like the police or the Wild West. Cringing to think of the weekend warriors strutting around armed-they might shoot themselves or someone else in the foot. My great-uncle (married with two young children) was on break, sitting in a restaurant having a cup of coffee. A robber came in to try to hold the place up. The clerk pulls a gun out from under the counter, pulls the trigger, shoots and kills--my great-uncle. So you'll forgive me if I don't think letting people who have little or no gun handling experience walk around with a loaded gun is the most brilliant idea ever.

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