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Controversial Signs Draw Attention at Shopping Mall in Salisbury

 SALISBURY, Md.- The Centre at Salisbury Shopping Mall is reminding customers about a policy that prohibits weapons inside the mall. Exterior signs, containing a picture of a gun with a red line across the middle, are posted on the doors.

The small signs have no words, just a picture that carries a big message: no guns allowed.

 "I think it's sad that they have to be in place; that we have to tell people that you can't bring a gun into the mall," Spurrier said.

Spurrier has a young son. The two stopped by the Centre at Salisbury today to purchase video games. Spurrier said the signs make her feel safer.

 "Unfortunately, there are people who have nefarious reasons for having their guns," she said.

According to the Centre at Salisbury, "possession of any weapon, whether concealed or displayed openly, is in violation of the shopping center's policy." Marvin Snyder, a manager at the mall, tells WBOC the signs are in place to reiterate that policy. Synder said no incidents have been reported, adding that customers have no reason to be alarmed.

Eric Bailey, a customer at the mall, does not think the signs are necessary.

"It doesn't really bother me too bad," Bailey said.  "I don't really understand the concept of it; I haven't seen too many guns being popped out to begin with. "

However, according to Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis, without the "no weapons allowed" signs, people with permits for their firearms would be allowed to carry them.

Lewis tells WBOC, " if it is a business used by the public in general, concealed carry weapon permit holders may retain their concealed weapons on or about their person." 

Snyder said stores like Dick's Sporting Goods, which sell firearms, have a separate entrance and exit for customers who make gun purchases. 

The signs were posted a few months ago. 

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