A 22-year-old senior at the University of Tennessee, Brenna Spencer, posted a photo of herself online wearing a pink Women for Trump t-shirt and her handgun tucked into her jeans. ABC News Chattanooga didn’t like this– and they called the police!
What was the Chattanooga Police Department’s response? “It did not immediately respond to requests for comment” from ABC News.
It’s legal to carry in Tennessee, and Spencer wrote of her picture, “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…”
I don’t take normal college graduation photos… pic.twitter.com/eI1NvLFYHs
— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 7, 2018
Spencer received several responses alleging that she broke the law by having her weapon unconcealed at the museum, with one Twitter user including a screenshot of an article from ArtNews.com, which lists the Hunter Museum among galleries that prohibit handguns inside.
Spencer’s friend took the photo outside the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga but she did not enter the facility with her handgun, and therefore did not go through any kind of museum security, she told ABC.
“I know the Tennessee state gun codes,” Spencer, who is set to graduate in May with a major in communications and a minor in political science, said.
Spencer, who also works as a field representative for the conservative nonprofit Turning Point, said she owns several handguns in addition to the one featured, which she has owned for about six months.
“I carry everywhere that I’m allowed to carry,” she said, which excludes her college campus.”
When someone criticized her on Twitter, she replied, “Because I’m proud of my second amendment right and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!”
Because I’m proud of my second amendment right and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!
— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 8, 2018