After an incident at an Indiana IKEA this week in which a young child found an unattended firearm in the Swedish furniture store, ConcealedCarry.com has decided to take a look at the company's gun policy to see where the company stands on guns and carrying while in their stores.
THE INDIANA INCIDENT
First, we are going to look at just what happened at the Fishers (a suburb of Indianapolis) IKEA store that started this whole story off.
According to reports at around 2:00 PM on Monday, June 25th a child found a gun that another customer lost when the customer had tried out a couch, sitting on it and losing his firearm in between the couch's cushions.
Moments later a child found the lost firearm and picked it up himself. Upon picking up the gun, the child managed to fire off a single round inside the store. Luckily for the child as well as the other customers in the store, nobody was injured by the shot. The store was not even closed after the incident, but Fishers Police Sergeant Tom Weger had a few choice words for the man who lost his firearm in the first place.
“It’s important to remember that if you are going to carry a firearm on your person, that you make sure you’re under control of it at all times. It’s just part of gun ownership, responsible gun ownership,”
It is unknown at this time if charges will be filed against the armed citizen who lost his firearm in the first place.
Following the shooting, IKEA was adamant about letting the world know its policy regarding guns. The company sent out a press release stating …
“We take this incident very seriously and we have offered the family of the child involved our sincerest apologies.
“Safety and security of customers and co-workers is the top priority for IKEA. We have processes in place to ensure that the store is safe for customers and co-workers. For example, our store team has regular safety walks and audits which happen before, during and after opening hours. In addition, IKEA has a no weapon policy in our locations to prevent exactly these types of situations. As soon as we were made aware of the situation, our co-workers took the action they were trained to do to ensure the safety of customers. We are cooperating with police as they investigate this incident.”
So if you think you're reading this incorrectly, let me assure you that you aren't. IKEA desires to be a gun free zone. And yet, we had an incident involving a lost firearm where a child picked up the gun and fired a round off. The lesson here is twofold. First, guns will always be where companies and governments don't want them. Second, don't be that guy. Always be in control of your firearm and know where it is at all times.
IKEA appears to be just another space that uses words to attempt to bring about safety while at the same time making their places more unsafe by not allowing good people to protect themselves. This is not saying that the man who lost his firearm so easily is without fault for this incident. He should have had more awareness of his lack of a firearm, but just the same, IKEA is doing nothing but inviting accident or incident by continuing this policy.
What do you think of this story? Do you think anti-gun businesses are inviting incidents like this due to their policy? Let us know what you think in the comments below.