Cabelas


Rich M

New member
Here is the info I got from TENA on the live customer chat at Cabelas.

Rich M:
I was wondering what Cabelas policy is concerning its customers carrying a firearm while in the store. Specifically, open carry and concealed carry with license.

Tena:
I know that if you have a concealed carry licence you are able to do this. You just need to check in at the front desk. Unfortunately, I do not know the policy on open carry. I would suggest contacting the retail store you plan on visiting directly for their policy on that.

Tena:
Actually, I just recheacked. We have made the decision to comply with state laws in regards to open carry. We do not ask customers to check concealed or open carry weapons where the state has laws governing this situation. Our signs refer to firearms that are being returned or sold to Cabela's.

Tena: So you can do both if your state permits.


Her first reply seemed odd, glad she rechecked.
 

tuts40

New member
Cabela's here in Omaha ("LaVista", actually) signage states to "check in all firearms at front service desk, permit holders are excepted".
 

ricardo900

New member
Cabela's here in Hamburg PA, can't recall seeing a sign. I've carried with an OWB holster and customers did notice, no big deal, except a cop from N.J. wondering if I was "On The Job" "What do I do"? Inside the cafe. I guess he was not used to seeing civilians with holstered guns in the Great State on New Jersey.
 

BuddhaKat

The Big Happy Fat Kat
I can personally confirm that the Cabela's in Reno, NV. allows OC. I walked in with my 45 clearly visible and stopped at the front desk to ask if I was breaking any rules. "Not at all" he said, "As long as you can legally carry." Nobody gave me a second look the entire time I was there.

I can honestly say that I've walked into over a hundred businesses with my gun and have yet to be asked to leave or even the slightest negative remark from anyone. Three cheers for the businesses in Reno/Sparks, NV.
 

FTG-05

New member
Academy Sports in Decatur, AL (the only AS store I've been to), pretty much has the same policy; OCers and CCers are welcome to carry their firearm. Guns brought in for repair or service are required to be cased and unloaded.
 

walt629

New member
Cabelas in Hamburg Pa. Not so friendly to 2A

This was a less than desirable experience and it has me wondering if traveling the distance to Cabelas in Hamburg ever again is worth the effort.

I recognize the fact that this was real close to the holidays and there is no way I would want to be working retail, so I'll let the yawning cashier out of the conversation.

Walking into the store we are greeted by the "All firearms must be checked" sign.

I had already unloaded in the parking lot in anticipation and expected to get an empty chamber indicator at the most. When I hit the kiosk I told them I had a firearm to check and drew my pistol from my holster and racked the slide open to show him an empty chamber. He told me "I'll do that!" and accepted the gun when I handed it to him.

He asked where the magazine was and I told him it was in the car. He asked what I wanted to do with my gun and I replied I was shopping for holsters. He proceeded to put both and empty chamber flag and a trigger lock on, with the instruction that the clerk in the gun shop would remove the locks so I could try the holsters.

I had to fill out what looked like a repair tag with my name only and that was try-rapped to the grip and I kept half of the tag.

He then handed my gun over to another employee that was described as an "escort". I told the guy I'd rather carry my own gun and shop myself but he said that was not their procedure. I asked if all of this was really necessary and the Kiosk King got real snotty about it and told me if I wanted to go in with the gun, then yes it is necessary.

I point out to the clerk that I have a permit from Florida, a reciprocal state, but was told it didn't matter. If I wanted to take my pistol in I had to follow their regulations.

Okay, so I'm forced to play their game. The escort, a nice guy, walks me back to the gun sales desk. There was a sea of people waiting for service and I counted only 3 guys behind the counter. My escort walks over to the number dispenser, walks back to me and hands me the ticket, turns and walks behind the counter with my pistol. He drops it off on the rear counter, walks back to me and tells me the gun clerk will help me when my number is called and walks away before I could say anything. I check my number and it's 99. They're serving 79!

Okay, well sh1T! Now what? I go over to the holster section, check them out, don't find anything to my liking and just want to leave. I approached 2 clerks working the permit and payment area to reclaim my gun and they both looked at me like the proverbial deer in the headlights.

A patron standing near me heard my conversation with my friend about my dilemma and he tells me he's been waiting for about an hour and a half and he has 81! No way I'm waiting for 99 to come up!

Finally I see a guy standing there with not much to do. His name is Ralph and the reason I put his name here is because he actually helped me instead of fluffing me off.

I told Ralph "I just want to get my gun and leave, or do I need to get the store manager over here?" Ralph told me he'd be happy to help, got my gun and walked me to the front. I asked him if what I had gone through was normal and he indicated that this was their normal procedure. I got checked out and left.

The only reason I went to Cabelas in the first place was because I was visiting friend in Pa.and I expected a lot more from Cabelas. Nope! I sure won't be patronizing Cabelas again. I think I'll throw their catalog in the trash when I get home.
 

TimeHasCome

New member
Not that it has anything to do with Cabelas gun policies, but I was recently at my local CT Cabelas store. While I was looking at ammo in an aisle with about 5 other shoppers, I saw a guy taking ammo out of boxes and loading his magazine with them. Sketchy to say the least. What was he doing ? Test fitting the ammo? I didn't confront him , but I surely alerted the first employee that I found. I never found out what happened to the guy , but I'm very curious.....
 

kelcarry

New member
My Cabelas online has no restrictions. I have purchased ammo with my firearm on, no underwear, no clothes--no problem.
 

rogerw

New member
I have carried at Cabelas . No sign on door so i just walk in.
Check in as stated is just if your selling to cabelas.
Cabelas is gun friendly. At least at their lavista, NE store
 

dieselfuelonly

New member
Cabelas in Utah apparently the gun salesmen think they can be "high and mighty" and scold the crap out of you for it. I walked in with mine, and didn't have a problem, until I went to look at another handgun. The people behind the desk scuzzed me off, gave me crap, acted like it was a capital crime to carry my gun in the store. I hardly go there anyways, so I'm sure they won't mind if I never go there again.
 

wolf_fire

New member
This was a less than desirable experience and it has me wondering if traveling the distance to Cabelas in Hamburg ever again is worth the effort.

I recognize the fact that this was real close to the holidays and there is no way I would want to be working retail, so I'll let the yawning cashier out of the conversation.

Walking into the store we are greeted by the "All firearms must be checked" sign.

I had already unloaded in the parking lot in anticipation and expected to get an empty chamber indicator at the most. When I hit the kiosk I told them I had a firearm to check and drew my pistol from my holster and racked the slide open to show him an empty chamber. He told me "I'll do that!" and accepted the gun when I handed it to him.

He asked where the magazine was and I told him it was in the car. He asked what I wanted to do with my gun and I replied I was shopping for holsters. He proceeded to put both and empty chamber flag and a trigger lock on, with the instruction that the clerk in the gun shop would remove the locks so I could try the holsters.

I had to fill out what looked like a repair tag with my name only and that was try-rapped to the grip and I kept half of the tag.

He then handed my gun over to another employee that was described as an "escort". I told the guy I'd rather carry my own gun and shop myself but he said that was not their procedure. I asked if all of this was really necessary and the Kiosk King got real snotty about it and told me if I wanted to go in with the gun, then yes it is necessary.

I point out to the clerk that I have a permit from Florida, a reciprocal state, but was told it didn't matter. If I wanted to take my pistol in I had to follow their regulations.

Okay, so I'm forced to play their game. The escort, a nice guy, walks me back to the gun sales desk. There was a sea of people waiting for service and I counted only 3 guys behind the counter. My escort walks over to the number dispenser, walks back to me and hands me the ticket, turns and walks behind the counter with my pistol. He drops it off on the rear counter, walks back to me and tells me the gun clerk will help me when my number is called and walks away before I could say anything. I check my number and it's 99. They're serving 79!

Okay, well sh1T! Now what? I go over to the holster section, check them out, don't find anything to my liking and just want to leave. I approached 2 clerks working the permit and payment area to reclaim my gun and they both looked at me like the proverbial deer in the headlights.

A patron standing near me heard my conversation with my friend about my dilemma and he tells me he's been waiting for about an hour and a half and he has 81! No way I'm waiting for 99 to come up!

Finally I see a guy standing there with not much to do. His name is Ralph and the reason I put his name here is because he actually helped me instead of fluffing me off.

I told Ralph "I just want to get my gun and leave, or do I need to get the store manager over here?" Ralph told me he'd be happy to help, got my gun and walked me to the front. I asked him if what I had gone through was normal and he indicated that this was their normal procedure. I got checked out and left.

The only reason I went to Cabelas in the first place was because I was visiting friend in Pa.and I expected a lot more from Cabelas. Nope! I sure won't be patronizing Cabelas again. I think I'll throw their catalog in the trash when I get home.


I've been to the Hamburg store on a number of occasions. In PA we are an open-carry state and as such Cabela's respects the right to open carry. They only time you need to check in a firearm is when you wish to draw it from your holster, which you said you did to try out new holsters. In addition, that many customers at the counter sounds extremely rare for the Hamburg Cabela's unless it was around Christmas time. Was it? Or was there some other type of promotion going on? If there was, you have to expect that there will be a long wait at any retail store when events like this happen.

I've had nothing but good experiences from the Hamburg Cabela's and the Wheeling WV Cabela's. My only complaint about Wheeling is that it is so much closer to me than Hamburg is and I cannot purchase a handgun there due to the Brady laws unless I want to get a third party FFL into the mix.
 

joatesiii

New member
I was recently in the Cabela's in Ft. Worth. First time I have ever been in one...like a kid in a candy store...anyway, I digress...sign on the door (Check the guns if selling them or having them worked on). I saw the security guy at the front desk and walked past him. I felt a bit self-conscious since I was not perfectly clear on their policy. While I was walking around the store, I walked past a table set up with people sitting there handing out paperwork saying, "Have you applied for your concealed carry license yet?" I like that place...
 

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