Tragic events such as the killing of Philando Castile have shown that gun rights don't necessarily extend to black citizens.
One man, Chris King Mason, claims to have personally found that out when he tried to purchase a gun at Hopkins Gun and Tackle in Richmond, Virginia.
According to the Philadelphia Tribune, the store's owner Vance Hopkins refused to sell a gun to Mason.
Mason has a video of this refusal. In the video, Hopkins will not say why he doesn't want to sell Mason a gun; however, Mason claims in the clip that before he began recording, that Hopkins told him that he believed Mason might resell the gun he wanted to buy to someone else.
“I’m not going to sell you a gun. I don’t have to have a reason not to sell you one,” Hopkins tells Mason on the video.
Mason then asked Hopkins whether his blackness had anything to do with the refusal, and Hopkins replied, "I’m not gonna answer that, that’s crazy. We have to follow all federal guidelines and we’re not gonna sell you a gun. And if you don’t go ahead and leave the premises I’m gonna call the police.”
And that he did. You can see Hopkins grab the phone and report Mason to local authorities all on video. That's right. Hopkins essentially became this meme:
Mason stated in his video that he was a regular customer at the gun shop, and had purchased a couple of other guns there in the past. But, he said after this run-in with Hopkins, he'll be taking his money elsewhere.
Mason posted the incident on Facebook with the caption, “URGENT!! URGENT!! URGENT!! Do not I repeat do not purchase anything from Hopkins Gun and Tackle on Mechanicsville Turnpike in Richmond, Va. 2 seconds into me walking inside the owner of this store refused to sell me any firearms,” Mason wrote in his post. “At first I presumed that he wasn’t serious because I am a regular customer until he stood by his decision not to sell me anything and ask that I remove myself from the store. I will not be racially profiled and be a part of stereotypical injustice, especially where I spend MY MONEY.”
Hopkins Gun and Tackle has taken its Facebook page down; Mason claims that in a statement posted on that page before it was removed, Hopkins gave a false account of what happened.