“So because they’re releasing the verdict this weekend that he’s not guilty, I can’t get my gun?”
Ferguson, Missouri - This week, a woman who lives in the Ferguson area had a frustrating experience when she attempted to buy a gun. The woman had been trying to buy a gun from a local store, but during the process it seemed as if the store clerk was stalling.
Luckily, she was able to take out her cellphone and record the exchange.
First, the woman was told that her application was not filled out properly, then when she returned with the specified corrections, she was told that she couldn't buy a gun at all, because police had instructed owners of gun shops to lock up and ship out all of their weapons, and not sell to any local customers.
The shopkeeper even said that the police sent out a physical memos to business owners telling them that riots would be happening and gave them formal orders to close up their shops prior to the announcement of the verdict in the Darren Wilson case.
She was then told that the police were expecting Darren Wilson to receive a verdict of "not guilty", and as a result they wanted to make firearms more difficult to obtain for "potential rioters." The shopkeeper called attention to a large truck that was parked against the back of the building, and told the woman that the truck was removing all of the merchandise from the premises and taking it out of town.
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The woman then clarifies with the shopkeeper, “So because they’re releasing the verdict this weekend that he’s not guilty, I can’t get my gun?”
The store clerk then revealed another inside detail that he received from police. According to him, the grand jury had already made up their mind in the case a long time ago.
“Because they’re not gonna indict the officer, they found no wrongdoing by the officer, that he was justified in shooting, they know the riots are gonna break out bad. That’s why, I mean, the grand jury already knew a long time ago,” the clerk said.
He then offered to either refund her money, or give her a discount on the gun she wanted "after they got the riots under control."
Finally, the woman told him that she needed the gun for work, to protect herself and her place of employment if violence did break out. At that point, it did seem that he started to change his mind and told the woman that he would go back and "look" for her gun.
While the shopkeeper left, the woman took a picture of a sign that read "Per law enforcement, all firearms have been temporarily removed from the premises."