An incident involving a man carrying a gun at a Gulfport, Mississippi, Walmart has police and some citizens upset.
Police say that two men, one carrying a shotgun, entered a Krispy Kreme donut store, a Winn-Dixie, and a Walmart on Sunday evening. While in the Walmart, one of the men bought ammunition, loaded the gun, and racked (cocked) it.
Alert Walmart employees evacuated the store, and many people acknowledge it was lucky that nothing else came of the situation. If even one of the NRA’s “good guys with a gun” had been in the store and had decided to respond, national media would be talking about another shooting.
Now, for the truly insane part of the story. What the men did is apparently 100 percent legal.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania says that he wanted to find a reason to charge the men with a crime, but thanks to Mississippi’s open carry law, what they did wasn’t illegal. He told reporters:
I’ll be very frank with you. I looked very hard at the laws. If there was something I could have arrested these people for, I would.
Papania also took a backhanded stab at the state law that permitted what the men did when he said:
While the actions of these two men are sanctioned by state laws, what they did negatively impacted our community.
Not only did Mississippi law allow these men to get away with this stunt, which even some gun rights activists are calling stupid, but neither Walmart, nor the other businesses the men entered have a policy concerning guns in the store. There was a time, not so long ago, when many places would not sell you a gun and ammo at the same time. Either that policy never existed in Walmart, or it has been killed by open carry laws. Let’s hope that common sense is the only thing those laws are responsible for killing.
Here’s a report, from KLOX:
Featured image via Defend and Carry