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    Store says no to engagement photo with shotgun

    Stephanie Wehner knew exactly what she wanted to do with an engagement photo she took with her fiancé holding his beloved 12-gauge Ruger Red Label shotgun.

    "It depicts our love for each other, and I wanted to be able to display those at the reception," Wehner said.

    With her wedding to Mitch Strobl scheduled for this weekend, she had to just tie up some loose ends — like ordering photo printouts online at Walmart.

    Wehner submitted 13 photos with varying poses, lighting, and background.

    "She came with the idea to take a creative picture where we include something that is important to us," Strobl said.

    One of the 13 photographs submitted included Mitch's shotgun. He said it was the first gun that he had purchased himself, calling it his "go-to" gun for outdoor sport.

    When Wehner — an employee at WFAA-TV owned by Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY — arrived at the local Walmart store to pick up the prints, she was told the photo with the firearm would not be released.

    "She was very nice, but very matter-of-fact, like she was not going to budge or give me my photo," Wehner said.

    She even recieved a slip from the clerk that read: "MINUS ONE 5 X 7. NO WEAPONS."

    The clerk at the Walmart told Wehner it was the store's "policy." Wehner was told she can't print pictures of guns.

    But it's the explanation that caught the couple off-guard. Wehner said the clerk told her the photo couldn't be released because the weapon would promote a "gang culture."

    "To automatically to be lumped into that category of a gang... that hits a little close to home for us, because that isn't our intent at all," Strobl said.

    Especially when you consider what he does for a living: Creating manuals for hunter safety and outdoor recreation.

    "I did that in this picture; I made sure the action was open... that is was a safe photograph," he said.

    A Walmart representative later said the chain has no policy against printing out pictures with firearms.

    "We had a new associate who was misinformed. Her actions are not consistent with our policy," the representative said. Walmart officials said the policies have been reiterated to employees at the store.

    Wehner and Strobl see this more as an attack on their First Amendment right to express themselves through photography.

    What the couple didn't want to turn this into was a debate about the Second Amendment.

    Wehner and Strobl hope to quickly remedy the problem and find another place to print the photo. For Wehner — who likes to check things off her wedding to-do list — this was a just a minor hurdle. She does say, however, it's a story that she can tell for years to come.



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    Happy it was sorted out by the store, and happy there's no dumb policy against pictures with guns.

    However, as much as I like guns, that sure is one tacky photo, though!

    It's not bad because of the gun, it's bad because it's cheesy, and I'd say the same thing if the guy were holding something like a sword or a lightsaber.

    It's their picture though, so no harm done. If it's something that's important to them, who cares?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petamocto View Post
    It's not bad because of the gun, it's bad because it's cheesy, and I'd say the same thing if the guy were holding something like a sword or a lightsaber.
    It's Texas. Holding a gun in a photo there is no different than anyone else holding a baby in their photo.

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    The response to wallys world probably came from the couple's lawyer, so the scumbags backed off. Good on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drache View Post
    It's Texas. Holding a gun in a photo there is no different than anyone else holding a baby in their photo.
    I often refer to my favourite pistol as "my baby"
    Does that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by conger View Post
    I often refer to my favourite pistol as "my baby" Does that count?
    Absolutely. I staged my Avatar picture at the end of Movember, but the difference is that I was intentionally trying to be tacky for the sake of being cheesy like moustaches are cheesy.

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    It just goes to show....even if you don't have enough IQ points to tie your shoes, you can still get a job at the Walmart photo lab.
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    I'm just amazed it happened in texas. I mean - that's ballsy, to tell someone in texas that they can't have a gun in a picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxer View Post
    I'm just amazed it happened in texas. I mean - that's ballsy, to tell someone in texas that they can't have a gun in a picture.
    A false sense of security often comes free when you get the complete package of stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksmithden View Post
    It just goes to show....even if you don't have enough IQ points to tie your shoes, you can still get a job at the Walmart photo lab.
    BAAHAHAHAHAHAHA i have to use that next time i go there
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