In the event you were planning on having a slew of “shotgun wedding” jokes in your engagement announcements, I’ve got bad news for you: you might not be able to print ’em out at Walmart. A Texas couple who decided to snap pictures for their upcoming wedding holding something “important” to them–i.e. a shotgun–was in for a rude awakening after they tried to get their pictures developed at the mass retailer and were denied. Why? Their lovely dovey firearm photo apparently promotes gang violence.
Stephanie Wehner and her fiance Mitch Strobl took 13 engagement photos, with just one including Mitch’s 12 gauge Ruger Red Label Shotgun. (The rest presumably held various Clue items and locations, such as candlesticks in the kitchen and ropes in the billiard room.) Stephanie dropped off her photos to Walmart to get them developed, but when she picked the pictures up, there was one notably missing. Naturally, she asked why. As per WFAA:
When Wehner arrived at the Walmart at Central Expressway and Midpark Road 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.”
According to the clerk, the engagement photo promotes “gang violence,” which seems like a stretch. If anything, it is Walmart’s Black Friday madness that promotes violence and engagement photos that promote never ending smugness on your Facebook news feed.
Now, while I am personally not fond of guns, it is important to note that provided their firearm was legally attained, the couple is well within their rights to take photos with it. Walmart has since told WFAA News that it is not actually against gun photos, though, so perhaps it isn’t too late to take all your shotgun wedding photos after all. Or just take photos of yourselves hugging and being so cute that you induce acid reflux without guns, either way.