The demonization of guns in this country is entirely out of control and a recent incident went to prove just that. While inside a local furniture store, one uniformed police officer was told to either place his gun in his car, or leave entirely.
Now usually, police officers hold themselves to a different set of rules and consider them exempt from anything they deem unworthy of those bearing a shield, but when one gets knocked down a peg, its quite comical.
Apparently on the 4th of July, Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg stopped into an Ikea with his daughter to purchase some furniture. According to Goldberg, he was in uniform, “because he had worked that morning at the city’s July 4 parade, and would be back on duty that night for fireworks.”
That’s reportedly when the store’s loss prevention officer came up to Goldberg and informed him of the store’s “weapons free environment,” as indicated by a sign on the front door. He then allegedly went on to say that the officer would either have to go lock his gun in his car or leave entirely.
Goldberg later took to Facebook writing:
“It isn’t the most prudent thing to do to walk around the store in uniform with an empty holster. And I am not going to lock my gun in a commercial parking lot, with people watching me put it in there. That’s just ludicrous.”
Ikea also however released their own statement apologizing for the incident saying:
We regret that there was a misunderstanding of our weapon policy in our College Park Store. Our weapon policy does not apply to law enforcement officers. We are taking steps to ensure that this is clear for all our co-workers.
So what do you guys think – should rules like this exclude law enforcement, or should it be restrictive across the board? Let us know in the comments below.