In a video posted to Facebook, a black activist and performer was refused service when attempting to purchase a gun from white gun shop owner in Virginia.
Chris King Mason said he entered Hopkins Gun and Tackle in Richmond, VA. and was refused service almost immediately.
“The the owner of this store refused to sell me any firearms. His reason was simply and I quote ‘I will not sell you or your friend any firearms because my reason to believe is that you will sell them to someone else,’” Mason wrote on Facebook. “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.”
The video started after the initial interaction and refusal, so we do not know exactly what happened or what was said before it begins, but the owner, Vance Hopkins, was caught on video refusing service to the man without giving a valid reason and even calling police.
“I’m not going to sell you a gun. I don’t have to have a reason not to sell you one,” Hopkins said before being asked by Mason if he’s “just stereotyping” him.
“I’m not gonna answer that, that’s crazy,” Hopkins replied. “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.”
“So I just walked in Hopkins Gun & Tackle and before I could say anything this man right here said he would not sell me a firearm. And his reason? What’s your reason again? You don’t need a reason?” explained Mason after turning his cell phone on himself.
Another employee says that Mason has made gun purchases at the store previously.
Watch the video below via Facebook:
(Article By James Carter)