Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg said in 35 years in law enforcement he's never had a store tell him that he would have to leave his service weapon in the car or leave — especially when he was in his police uniform. But that's what happened July 4 in the Ikea in College Park, Md., when Goldberg had stopped in with his daughter, reports NBC Washington.
"It isn't the most prudent thing to do to walk around the store in uniform with an empty holster," Goldberg said. "And I am not going to lock my gun in a commercial parking lot, with people watching me put it in there. That's just ludicrous."
Ikea issued a statement saying, "Our weapon policy does not apply to law enforcement officers."
Goldberg, who was so angry at the store's response Friday that he posted about it on Facebook, said Monday that the store's response satisfies him.