[Video] Ikea Tells Uniformed Police Chief He Has to Leave Sidearm in His Car
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An Ikea store in Maryland apparently takes their anti-gun stance so seriously that a local police chief, in uniform, was told he could not carry his duty weapon inside.
According to NBC Washington,
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.”
The chief’s reaction is pretty classic considering how often legal gun carriers are asked to do the same thing,
“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.”
Funny, I feel the exact same way when some businesses ask me to disarm. Of course, Ikea went onto apologize and clarify that their policy only applies to law abiding, non law enforcement citizens.
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.