But with that right comes the responsibility to use and secure the firearm safely … something this gun owner did not do.
This incident was 100 percent preventable if he had simply followed the most basic of gun safety procedures and etiquette.
The first step would have been obeying the store’s no weapons policy.
Ikea is within its rights to ban weapons from its locations. Armed residents are within their rights to not shop there if they don’t want to abide by the policy.
The next step would have been properly securing the gun. It’s just plain carelessness that allowed the handgun to end up in the sofa and then in the hands of a child. A high retention holster that covered the trigger completely would have prevented its loss.
Anyone who carries owes it to their fellow gunowners and fellow Americans to do so safely and responsibly. Those who don’t give responsible gun owners a bad name and risk the lives of everyone around them.