A student’s graduation photo in Chattanooga featuring her presenting a concealed handgun has elicited strong reactions from online commenters.
Brenna Spencer, 22, a senior at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, tweeted the photo with the caption, “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…,” on April 7.
The post has received mixed responses from gun rights-proponents, some applauding the use of her Constitutional rights while others questioned the reasoning behind it.
I’m 100% pro gun but brandishing a firearm for a photo shoot or showing it off to try and look cool is just stupid. They are tools. Why brag about carrying a gun?— Reed (@osellr) April 8, 2018
Congrats on the graduation apparently you have been educated properly on our rights as citizens. Go forth and spread your knowledge. Question everything in life even if it was taught as fact. Always trust your instincts!!— Candi Sieber (@Candiland1968) April 8, 2018
It was taken on a terrace at the Hunter Museum of Art. The museum told WTVC that they have a no-gun policy that applies both inside and outside the property, They said the picture, “doesn’t appear to comply with the policy.” Monday afternoon they updated the gun policy signs posted on the front door to comply with changes made to state law this year.
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.
Spencer also works as a field representative for the conservative nonprofit Turning Point.
The senior at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, wanted the photo to “show who I am as a person,” she told ABC News.