One of the most popular posts on the blog has been one from 2012 entitled Costco’s Hidden No Firearm Policy. At the time the membership-only warehouse club was using a third party website to host the policy and had internal memos and talking points. Recently I decided to try my own links in that blog post and found they were basically dead. So back to Costco’s page I went and now much it is much easier to find the firearm information.

Today here is all it takes to find the policy.

  • Go to the Costco website
  • Select “Customer Service” in the upper right corner
  • Select “General Information”
  • Select “Show More Results” at the bottom of the page
  • Select the link “Personal Firearms/Guns in Costco Stores

Costco Wholesale is a membership-only warehouse club. It is not open to the general public. It restricts membership to a limited group of qualified individuals who agree to membership conditions. We have the right, and the obligation to our members, to enact and enforce membership rules. The Member Service Employees at the exit doors are obliged to follow these rules. By obtaining a Costco membership card, our members agree to comply with the Membership Rules and the Privileges and Conditions of membership.

Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace. Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This is not a new policy and we do not customize the policy for each individual city/county/state/country where we do business.

Our primary goal at Costco Wholesale is to keep our members happy. If you believe that our policy restricting members from bringing firearms into our warehouse stores is either unfair or excessively burdensome, or you cannot agree to abide by this policy, or you are dissatisfied for any other reason, Costco will promptly refund your annual membership fee in full.

So after over 1,800 views I figured it was time to set the record straight. I suppose if they  update the website again I’ll be revisiting the topic for a third time!