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Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by pendennis, Apr 8, 2009.

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  1. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Southeast Michigan - O/S Detroit
    The above link is to KIDK.com, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. An employee of the store took it upon himself to inject personal views into an interview about a plainly hot-button issue. I don't live in Idaho, so I don't have a "local" dog in the fight.

    My comments:

    I was made aware of the comments by your Mr. Gerald McGary on KIDK. Mr. McGary made several comments concerning his opinion on selling guns to certain individuals he feels should not own them.

    If Mr. McGary honestly believes that the person attempting to buy a gun, is not qualified, he should not make the sale. Just because an individual correctly answers all the questions on the BATFE Form 4473, doesn’t mean you have to sell that person a gun. You are the final arbiter of the sale. For instance, if the person was obviously upset, drunk, or on drugs, he would be completely within his rights to not complete the sale. As management, you should back him in his decision. However, unless Mr. McGary is aware of specific instances where a person should not have a gun, he should refrain from the comments he made, his First Amendment rights notwithstanding.

    I do not live in Idaho, so I don’t have a local stake in your business. I’m writing this because your employee has made comments about the potential intention of others, and contrary any proof, those opinions should be held a little closer to the vest.

    Today, I received an email response from the store management:

    To our valued customers,

    It has come to our attention that an unfortunate event happened in our Idaho Falls store. One of our employees was asked by a local TV station to allow them to visit our store and speak with someone in our sporting goods department concerning the current status of our guns and ammunition sales.
    With any situation such as this it is imperative to us as owners that we converse with the media ourselves because of the risks of improper information and interpretation concerning the issue at hand.

    We feel that we can be objective and represent the thoughts and feelings of our company and not the personal views of an employee, such as happened in this situation. It is very obvious and very, very disturbing that one of our employees did express his personal feelings and spoke of issues concerning some of the rules and regulations relating to the sale of firearms and ammunition that was not true. This employee is an avid sportsman and enjoys the freedom of owning and shooting guns. There are some facts that he stated which are not true and he has been spoken to about them. He has also been reprimanded and is not allowed to work behind our gun counter for some time. C-A-L Ranch Stores has been in business for 50 years and has sold firearms for approximately 15 years. We feel and firmly believe as American citizens literally, in the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. We not only feel this way personally but the culture of company is based on integrity and support for the freedoms that we all deserve and appreciate.

    Please know and understand that we recognize that many of the comments made by our employee were not properly reported and accurate and that we as a company do not support tighter restrictions concerning the selling or purchasing of firearms. We also know that if we feel our “Gut” is telling us to be cautious in a firearm transaction that we will refuse to sell the customer a firearm. We have had numerous occasions where firearms were not allowed to be sold to individuals for various reasons that made us uncomfortable and feared for the safety of the customer, employee and other community citizens.

    As owners of C-A-L Ranch Stores we hope that you understand our feelings and emotions on this issue would ask for your forgiveness if we have offended you as an American citizen and the rights that you are entitled to.

    Jerry Ward

    Bruce J Sharp

    Bill Wallace
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