Sellers Who Declare Their Home A "Gun Free Zone."

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

I don't want to get into a gun debate, but I am interested in what you think about gun respect. It may be legal for me to walk into a sellers home locked & loaded, but will it offend them? If they knew I was showing their home armed to the teeth would it upset them? Should I care? I carry a weapon, esepcially if the home is vacant, in foreclosure or in some other type of distressed scenario. What about the the homeowners insurance and the sellers liability if I were to accidentially shoot my gun while in "their" home? So many things could go wrong.

Like many Realtors I have been in litereally thousands of homes in all types of price ranges and neighborhoods. Crimes happen everywhere. When it comes to listing a house it would be wise for the seller to convey their feelings about their home being a "gun free zone."

Property owners and managers may direct any person who is armed to leave their premises.  The firearm owner must immediately comply with this order, irrespective of whether they have a CHL or not.  Simply put, if someone in authority says, “you can’t carry a gun while you’re here,” then don't attempt to show the house while carrying.

In addition to abiding by the law, it is the responsibility of the buyers agent to follow the showing instructions by the listing agent. 

Per the Realtor Code of Ethics:

  • Standard of Practice 3-9

REALTORS® shall not provide access to listed property on terms other than those established by the owner or the listing broker. 


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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Dana Point, CA
Capo Beach Realtor® -

True Dat - but there's a reason why it's a concealed weapon.  Nobody is suppose to know I have it.

May 26, 2015 10:38 AM #1
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Oh... the consquences of reaching in your pocket for your keys and blowing your big toe off would quite simply be the smallest problem. :)

May 26, 2015 10:41 AM #2
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Greg, that sure can happen!  I will never forget Easter 1976 when my older brother accidently discharged his holstered 44 Magnum long barrel into his foot!!!  

Can't you tell the sellers that you are showing the property to Misters Smith & Wesson?????

May 26, 2015 10:46 AM #3
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Dana Point, CA
Capo Beach Realtor® -

he consquences of reaching in your pocket

It's not in the pocket ... it's at the ankle.  It's a lot more difficult to make a mistake when you intentionally have to retrieve it.

May 26, 2015 11:07 AM #4
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Put a "Gun Free Zone" sign on your front door.  Announce to the world that you are unarmed and helpless.

   Having said that, sure, I will comply with the law.  Preferably by not showing the house or taking the listing.


May 26, 2015 12:07 PM #5
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

I will say Greg you pose many a question that makes you think. On surface i say why not then as I think on it I can see  many reasons why not.

Another good one!

May 26, 2015 12:20 PM #6
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I love how your mind works Greg! Even when you believe in something, like carrying a concealed weapon, you give the appearance that you take your code of ethics more seriously than your personal beliefs.  I think you do it right.

May 26, 2015 01:37 PM #7
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Great SOP you quoted.  I wish more listing agents would say "Only pre-approved buyers" . . . LOL  (This has nothing to do with your post.  WAY off topic).

May 26, 2015 02:43 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have to admit Greg Nino; you have issues we haven't even thought about in Washington State! Interesting to say the least... 

May 26, 2015 03:35 PM #9
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would report the home owner to the NRA and have them handle it.

May 26, 2015 10:15 PM #10
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Something we in Wisconsin also need to be aware of now.  Not something I've seen in any private or public remarks.  Well, not as of yet.

May 27, 2015 11:44 AM #11
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Guns at showings! Yikes. You're living in the wrong state if you feel the need for that.

Jun 08, 2015 10:55 AM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've always looked at this gun thing from the listing side.  I am used to working with CIA, FBI, and other law enforcement.  Besides, it's Virginia.  The NRA is headquartered here.  I get nervous anytime a kid breaks from the party and starts looking under beds.  Never thought about how nervous a seller may be about a buyer bringing one in.

Jun 08, 2015 01:16 PM #13
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