Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop Bans Police Officers Carrying Guns, “Please do not come inside if you are wearing a firearm”.
Sign posted at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop reads “Police Officers: Molly Moon’s is a gun free zone. Please do not come inside if you are wearing a firearm.”
Sign posted at Molly Moon's Ice Cream near @SeattlePD East Precinct and now defunct #CHOP zone. "Police Officers: Molly Moon's is a gun free zone. Please do not come inside if you are wearing a firearm." pic.twitter.com/6MCerPTkzY
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Molly Moon’s has several locations that have been gun-free for the past five years. But the new signage has only recently been placed at its Capitol Hill shop — a block away from the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct building.
“We had a few hundred [officers] come in packing their guns and it was making my employees feel uncomfortable,” Molly Moon Neitzel, the company’s founder and CEO said.
Neitzel, whose company has posted in support of Black Lives Matter on its website and social media, said officers are welcome to enter when unarmed.
But the move has also kicked up a controversy, with critics posting negative comments on social media and the local police union president describing the move as “political pandering” and is unfair to officers.
When coronavirus shutdowns reached the city, the Seattle Police Officers Guild organized its members to pool their money, help the community, and patronize local restaurants, which saw their business suffering, according to Mike Solan, the police union’s president.
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Online commenters have praised the gun-free policy and the shop’s calls for police reform.
And a customer named Carl Smith walked in and dropped off another $500 to buy ice cream for “anyone” who came in Thursday.
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