STATESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – Kay Jewelers is apologizing after an Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was denied entry to a Statesville store because of his service weapon.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a statement saying a uniformed deputy stopped at the Turnersburg Highway Kay Jewelers during a lunch break to pick-up an engagement ring. The agency says the deputy was met at the door by the store manager who informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon on their premises.
“The reaction our deputy encountered is very difficult for us to comprehend, and we earnestly hope situations such as these are few and are diminishing,” says the Sheriff’s Office statement.
Deputies are not allowed to remove their service weapons while in uniform.
The Sheriff’s Office says it made numerous attempts to contact Kay Jewelers’ corporate office, but received no response.
Signet (the parent company of Kay Jewelers) Vice President of Corporate Affairs David Bouffard responded to WSIC’s request for comment within minutes Wednesday afternoon as the situation started to gain attention on social media.
“Kay Jewelers is reaching out to the customer and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to sincerely apologize for the handling of this matter,” wrote Bouffard.
“We have tremendous respect for law enforcement, as our partnership with law enforcement is critical. We thank the Office for bringing this matter to our attention. We will be sure to reinforce store training regarding our firearm policy with specific regard to uniformed law enforcement.”