Here in the Triangle, we’re in the middle of an explosion of big box outdoors stores that sell guns. It started with the Gander Mountain in Morrisville, then the Bass Pro Shop in Cary, then another Gander Mountain in Raleigh, this week a Field & Stream store in Cary, and we’re waiting on a Cabela’s in Garner next year, with rumors still swirling about the possibility of an Academy sports coming to the area sometime soon as well.
All of these stores sell firearms, but I’ve noticed a difference between these stores and the actual gun stores in the area: gun store employees are armed, and big box store employees (even the ones at the gun counter) are not.
Is this because the big box stores have lawyers that don’t allow it? It seems to me that if they can trust someone enough to handle guns safely, follow the laws when selling one, and be within an arms reach of them all day long that certainly they could trust them to carry one on their hip.
It just seems odd that I can walk into a big box store with a pistol on my hip, handle and purchase a new firearm, but the guy behind the counter cannot.