It happened on the 4th of July of all days. The day we celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence a police chief was told he could not bring his firearm into the Maryland Ikea store because of the “no weapons” policy the employee was trying to enforce.
The police chief had just worked the Takoma Park 4th of July parade and was dressed in full uniform when the loss prevention officer from Ikea told him he would have to either lock his gun in his car or leave the premises.
According to NBC Washington,
Goldberg 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.
In between, he stopped at Ikea to shop for furniture for his daughter’s new apartment. And that’s when a loss-prevention officer at the store approached him.
“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,” Goldberg said.
The store has signs posted on the front door that read “Weapons Free Environment.”
Neither of those options seemed a good one to the officer.
“It isn’t the most prudent thing to do to walk around the store in uniform with an empty holster,” Goldberg said. “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.”
The chief demanded to see the store’s written policy, but he only got it Monday after News4 contacted Ikea. The retailer released this statement:
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.
Goldberg, who was so angry at the store’s response Friday that he posted about it on Facebook, said Monday that response satisfies him.
What the police officer doesn’t say is ludicrous is that law abiding citizens DO have to lock their guns in their cars or choose not to shop at Ikea. These same rights are not extended to gun owning citizens who choose to arm themselves for the defense of their lives and families.
All this policy does is make the store a safe place for criminals to work while making the good guys more vulnerable.