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Never Again Go Where Your Guns Are Banned

March 25, 2013 by  

Do you refuse to patronize establishments that ban guns? Well, thanks to a new app, you can avoid places that are posted gun-free zones and find gun-friendly alternatives.

The “Gun Free Zone” app was released last month for Android, Apple and Amazon devices for free. The app’s developers claim it has the ability to identify the “nearest 20 commercial locations, including businesses, churches and schools, as either firearm friendly or gun free.” The app depends on user input to determine where guns are welcome and where they are not.


The app’s makers say in a press release that both gun advocates and anti-gun Americans can use the app to feel safer:

In some states, a gun free zone sign on the front door of a business has the effect of law. The GunFreeZone app can clearly identify these gun free zones on a map to alert people with concealed weapons, helping avoid those locations to shop elsewhere and avoid an unintentional offense. At the same time, people concerned about the proliferation of guns in society can easily identify gun free zones where they might feel safer.

When a user opens the Gun Free Zone app, GPS is used to determine location and the nearest 20 establishments. A simple click on a store’s name brings up the page where users can select to mark the store as either a gun-free zone or firearm friendly. The app tracks how many people have marked the location as either firearm friendly or a gun-free zone and the information is shared with every other user of the app.


“We realized that people wanted to know where gun free zones are so that they could either avoid or support those locations and there wasn’t an easy way to get that information,” says John Peden, another founder of GunFreeZone. “We just released the app and already over 3000 people from every state in the US have downloaded the app and have marked almost 10,000 locations so far. At this rate, we expect every commercial location in the country to be marked in short order, allowing people to stay compliant with their state’s gun laws and also effectively support or boycott businesses according to which side of the gun coin they are on.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Buster the Anatolian

    Hopefullly this “app” will be made available to those of us who do not run out and get the latest electronic device when they become available. You know those of us who only have a basic cell phone and a desk top computer or basic laptop.

    • Thomas

      That’s called “backward compatibility”…you may get lucky, but as time goes by, sooner or later everyone will simply have to join the 21st century.

      • JimH

        Living in Illinois has made the need for this app, moot.
        When I go out of state is the only time I’ll need it.

      • RivahMitch

        I’ve been an active user of the NSFNET since the mid-1980s and, subsequently and currently, the Internet and carry a computer when I travel. However, I have no interest in utilizing the technology on a pocket-sized screen or with a mini-Keyboard. I use a cell phone for emergencies (voice only) but don’t feel threatened or insecure if I’m off the net for several hours or even a day or two. What’s your problem?

  • Harold Olsen

    I think this app is a good idea for people who pack guns. Of course, businesses do have a right to restrict the carrying of weapon on their property. However, if they lose customers because of it, well, that’s their problem. ( I wonder how many will sue the makers of the app because they lose business.) As far as this app is concerned, for people who do not have smartphones, I hope the information is available online. I happen to have a Droid, but I don’t own a gun, so it wouldn’t matter to me. But, not everyone has a smartphone. So, hopefully, the information that this app provides will be available online for those who just own a basic cell phone.

    • JimH

      All armed robbers will want this app. They will now know the place to rob where there will be no opposition.

    • Bob

      Business does absolutely have a right to decide if they will allow firearms on their premises. However it is incumbent on them to post no firearm signs though & not just assume people will know. Personally I refuse to do business with any establishment that seeks to deprive me of my rights. Unfortunately for them they have no idea how much business they are losing because I am sure others like me just turn around & walk away.

    • Sheep Dog

      Harold Olsen,
      HELLO! Anyone home? You are responding to an article about a Gun Free Zone application and you just told the world that you don’t own a gun. Ya think that might not be such a good idea?

    • BrotherPatriot

      This one hits close to home.

      I recently turned in my executive membership card to Costco. They have no signs posted for their store to be a gun free zone & it’s not in their membership agreement, neither. Yet, they still are trying to enforce their “dirty little secret” without tipping off Constitutionalists by trying to only use word of mouth tactics. Upon hearing of this & confronting the management & emails to corporate…I promptly ended my affiliation with them which prompted a reimbursement of my membership dues.

      Also note, that I live in a state that does NOT support the “Opt-Out Statute”.

      If Costco doesn’t support the America dream or way of life then this Patriot…will not support that Anti-American store.

      Calling all Patriots…!!! Ban Costco…!!!

      (I really liked shopping there…but it’s the principle of it!)

      God Bless.

      • Evelyn Johnson

        yes I agree if they cant honor the American dream then we will not spend our money there!!!

      • meteorlady

        Costco was started in Washington state. that should tell you that they are very liberal and they contribute to liberal causes. They supported Obama and they supported most all Democrats last election. Another reason to give up the membership.

  • TIME

    This could be a GREAT idea. But what we really need is a APP that can display what people are so crazy that they think that guns are evil.

    Or that slaves to the state with out guns are better off than ~ FREE PEOPLE with GUNS.

    In plain words an “IDIOT DETECTOR” APP.

    Peace – Love Shalom

    • Warrior

      How about a “progressive ruler” APP? That would cover all areas in the country to “avoid”.

      • Rob Edwards

        I’m getting the app so that I know which establishments to be even more aware of my surroundings in.

    • Thomas

      It would never work. It would choke the servers until they froze.

      • FreedomFighter

        This app is going to get gun-free zone people killed, robbed, murdered and raped – criminals dont report gun ownership, nor will they give it up.

        They need rename this app — VICTUM FINDER

        Laus Deo
        Semper FI

        • Sheep Dog

          On the other hand, since this Communist government has seen fit to make us criminals through their anti-gun, anti-second amendment legislation, why not become one? I’ve decided to start carrying my Glock everywhere I go. If the bad guys don’t care, neither do I. And, if one of them pops up in one of these “Gun Free Zones” and I’m there, I will disarm him permanently. Business and institutions that impose these Gun Free Zones are Constitutional enemies just like the government is and I have NO obligation nor inclination to allow them to deny me my right to self protection. Piss on em!

    • Vicki

      Time writes:
      “This could be a GREAT idea. But what we really need is a APP that can display what people are so crazy that they think that guns are evil. ”

      You don’t really need an app for that. Just show them a picture of a gun, or create a “gun” out of a pop-tart.

  • Thomas

    Indeed, this app is a boon for psycho-shooters looking for proverbial fish in the barrel.

    • STEVE E.

      “We realized that people wanted to know where gun free zones are so that they could either avoid or support those locations and there wasn’t an easy way to get that information,” They could avoid the place or support the place, and also they would know where the gun fee zones are so they can go there and rob or shoot up the place with impunity.

  • ToughGuy1

    Don’t be in banned Obamaland. Be in a free zone.

  • jd

    Why not just post a “Don’t ask,don’t tell” sign on business doors? It’s nobody’s business if I carry.PERIOD.

    • Michael Shreve

      IF you are carrying concealed NO ONE should even be aware of it.

  • shade101

    This is terrific! BUT! I wonder if it is just a way of getting info on Law Abiding Citizens who own and CARRY legal guns! Sorry if I sound cynical, but with the “Gun Grabbers” I wouldn’t put it past them! They can track you Smart Phone, where the old Cell Phone was out of the Feds reach! I AM going to take a look at this app! If legit, I will use it “NOT TO BUY FROM” for sure!


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