Even among the nation’s far-left gun control activists, most Americans agree law enforcement officers should be permitted to carry firearms – at least when in uniform – virtually anywhere. When Takoma Park, Wis., Police Chief Alan Goldberg went shopping at a local IKEA store, however, he learned just how seriously one security guard took the chain’s gun ban.
As Goldberg recalled:
“He says we have a no firearms policy, and you’re either going to have to leave or you can lock your gun in the car.”
The officer, still in uniform following his duties at a Fourth of July parade earlier in the day, was dumbfounded.
“It isn’t the most prudent thing to do to walk around the store in uniform with an empty holster. And I’m not going to lock my gun in a commercial parking lot with people watching me put it there.”
He said he has never encountered such opposition in his 35-year career and requested – to no avail – a written copy of the store’s gun policy.
After a local news station got involved, the chain released a statement apologizing for the confusion and asserting that it does not prevent law enforcement personnel from entering its stores with their weapons.
Judging from recent decisions by restaurant and retail chains to ban – or strongly discourage – armed customers, one can see how there might be some confusion among employees tasked with implementing such policies.
Photo Credit: Facebook/IKEA USA