After a man’s arrest for carrying a rifle in public, Parkdale Mall has posted signs prohibiting concealed firearms at entrances, a reinforcement of the company’s longtime policy that nonetheless is catching some flak.
Derek Poe, 26, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical in the mall, had an AR-15 rifle seized by police Dec. 28 after police received calls from shoppers who said they were “terrified” at the sight of a man carrying a rifle through the mall.
We can vote with our feet and refuse to patronize the mall but, being private property, it’s their right to refuse entry to anyone for any reason. This is a concern for all of us and this is not mean to throw the Open Carry movement under a bus but, as we’ve said time and time again, attempts to “educate” the public don’t always result in education. It’s one thing to do it on a public street, it becomes an entirely different problem on private property.