So I stop by Crystal River Rural King in Citrus County with my thoughts on buying a gun. That EAA pink tangfolio 9mm had been calling to me and I saw that they had it back in stock. The price is right and it's mostly just for fun but I need to dry fire it before I can buy it obviously. Tough luck for me.
The clerk behind the counter tells me I cannot dry-fire the gun (it has a trigger lock on it). I explain that I just need to test the trigger pull and then I will buy it. The clerk says he cannot let me. I ask why. He says "because you could easily drop a round in the gun and then shoot me" - This is mostly silly to me since I am 99 percent sure I was carrying my loaded 45 on my hip at the time and I managed to not shoot anyone with it accidentally or otherwise. But whats even worse is that they think thats some sort of protection for them.
Then I hand the gun back to him and say (with other customers at the counter) - "who would buy a gun without dry firing it first." - The clerk just walked away. He wouldn't even acknowledge me after that.
It really disappoints me that a gun store would act like this. This behavior tells me that you believe your staff and your customers cannot be trusted to handle a firearm. If thats the case, you have no business selling guns. Surely there is some protocol that could be created to allow customers to dry fire a weapon even if its not right there at the counter. I'm not against some strict oversight - maybe a private room with that security guard that escorts you out of the store as soon as you purchase a gun (yes really).
Anyhow - so unless they change this policy - if you are a serious gun buyer - there is no good reason to be shopping for guns at Rural King.