(Stupid) Tales from the Gun Counter

Discussion in 'CCW & Open Carry' started by Branth, May 3, 2015.

  1. Branth

    Branth Member

    Had to share this thing that happened the other day at work.

    I work at a pawn shop that deals in guns, among other things, and being a pawn shop, we get a lot of rather interesting characters coming in to sell us stuff. This guy, though, really pissed me off. Let me paint a picture for you:

    Guy walks in. Youngish white guy, but plenty old enough to know better, with a blue Smith and Wesson pistol case in one hand and a holstered M&P in a Blackhawk paddle holster hanging off his sagging shorts at a 45 degree angle - It looks like one good jump and his shorts AND gun will end up in the dirt. Dude walks up to the counter, and I, being my polite self, ask what I can help him with. The guy REACHES DOWN AND UNHOLSTERS HIS WEAPON, and then proceeds to POINT IT AT MY CHEST as he fiddles with it and removes the magazine, which I can clearly see is loaded. I bite my tongue long enough for him to hand it to me and say something about selling it before I hastily check the chamber (which was thankfully empty) and proceed to call him out for his idiocy in both unholstering an openly carried gun in public and without warning, and pointing it at me. He looks at me like I'm an idiot and says "It wasn't loaded."

    After I gather my wits about me, I let him know that the first thing you hear after an accidental shooting is almost always "but it wasn't loaded!" and am damn tempted to boot his dumb ass out of the store before the owner comes out of the back and handles the rest of the transaction while I try and contain my rage a few paces away.

    Guys like this are an absolute embarassment to the gun community. The worst part? He has a concealed carry permit, so he had to go through the training class, and apparently promptly forgot the most important part, which has been drilled into everyone at every shooting event I've ever been to - the four fundamental rules of gun safety.
  2. histed

    histed Supporting Member

    Unfortunately, Branth, they're everywhere. Several years back I worked part time at Gander Mountain. Lost track of the "unloaded" guns that were brought in for trade. Just before I left we heard that an employee in another store had actually pulled the trigger without checking the weapon. Fortunately the bullet hit a concrete wall (or floor or ceiling, depending on the teller) and no one got hurt. Really glad you didn't!!

  3. slade601

    slade601 Member

    Me and a friend were at local gun store a while back checking out the used guns. For the used section they'll let just walk right behind the counter and check them out. One shotgun he picked up, racked it, out comes a shell. It was already spent but still. It's like they never even checked the gun when they took it in.
  4. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    Can't fix stupid.......
  5. Hipointer

    Hipointer Member

    Nobody likes being muzzle swept. I don't blame you for being angry OP.
  6. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

    Wow, Branth... WOW!
    HPFF almost needed another Mod! :eek:
    BTW, it was LOADED, but not one in the chamber. :bang:
    Glad he was not carrying condition 1!
  7. tjulian

    tjulian Member

    Years ago my moms cousin worked at a K Mart sporting goods section. One guy came in to look at shotguns. As he was looking at one he proceeded to start loading it. Moms cousin grab it from him and had him escorted from the store.
  8. Think1st

    Think1st Supporting Member

    And guess what? The guy still didn't acknowledge his error. He will continue to be irresponsible. I hope that he either encounters someone else who is in a better position to educate him or that he decides to learn more on his own. Fat chance for the second one.

    Ultimately, I just hope that he doesn't hurt someone else.
  9. Branth

    Branth Member

    If he comes in again when I'm working, I'm gonna give him a talk about gun store etiquette.
  10. Think1st

    Think1st Supporting Member

    You'd be doing yourself and everyone around him a great service.
  11. RedRaptor22

    RedRaptor22 Member

    Rule #1-10....Guns are always loaded!!!
  12. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    Yeah....... Might save him from being shot at a different lgs
  13. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    "...and I immediately shot him in self defense. Here's the store video to prove it, Your Honor."

    Peace favor your sword,
  14. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    Very easily could have been the result....
  15. bscar

    bscar Supporting Member

    He's lucky store policy isn't to react to something like that by pulling your own holstered firearm and pointing it at him and telling him to drop it on the floor.