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Can't Dry Fire at Rural King


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.

About the Author:
Michael is a career programmer who started easy bake gun club with his friends when they couldn't go shooting because of the great ammo shortage of 2012. When he isn't writing code or shooting guns, he can be found playing video games or recording sissy new wave nerd rock.