I was helping a good friend who is in the process of ending a bad relationship. He needed to do some business at a Wells Fargo bank. I scanned the door, and did not see any signs forbidding firearms on the bank entrance. I was openly carrying my Glock 17. I went into the waiting area and sat down next to a couple of other customers.
I asked one of them to take my picture. To my surprise, she asked "What are you doing, casing the place?" I replied that if I were doing that, I would use my smart phone and make a video. It would be far more informative, and no one would ever know. She did not seem alarmed, or show any indication of leaving. She thought, however, that taking pictures inside of a bank might be forbidden.
A bank member came out and stood a few feet from me. I do not know if she noticed the pistol or not. A customer asked her a question, and she replied. It became obvious that I was not something she was concerned with.
My friend finished his bank business, and I had him take photo of me inside the lobby, next to the Wells Fargo sign. Outside the bank, I noticed an AZDOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) notice with a 2016 motor vehicle sticker inside. It had tire tracks on the outside, but the address was clear. I dropped it off in a post office box.
Some banks in Arizona choose to create nominal "gun free zones". As a private business, it is their choice. I was happy to observe that Wells Fargo is not one of them.
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