Three years ago, Christopher Munro was alerted to the sounds of an attempted home invasion in at his Fort Mill home.
An intruder broke through his rear glass patio door with a blunt object. Grabbing his firearm, Munro called 911 and confronted the intruder, who made an aggressive motion at Munro, a married father of two boys. Acting in self defense, Munro fired two shots at his attacker, which promptly scared him off, and he hasn’t had an attempted break-in since that night.
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This harrowing experience combined with a lifelong passion for guns spurred Munro to distance himself from his previous careers to open the Fort Mill Gun Shop, which debuted four months ago.
“I live my life by a quote from the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ which states that God made us all for a purpose, and if you do his will you will feel his pleasure,” said Munro, a man of Christian faith who moved with his family to Fort Mill four years ago to be closer to his parents. Munro’s father, John Munro, is a minister at Calvary Church located on Rea Road.
“I can see the way God his prepared me for this, through my various careers and that experience at my home years back, and I think it’s made me a more well-rounded and prepared person, which only helps my business. Plus, my wife says I haven’t had a smile this big on my face in years.”
Offering a plethora of firearms, accessories and competitive prices, the Fort Mill Gun Shop has, according to Munro, quickly established a large following due to “word of mouth.” Munro credits his Christian faith and the unconventional accessibility of his store for its immediate success, citing an unblinking willingness to best serve his clientele regardless of who walks through the front door.
“I have had neo Nazis to suit and tie-clad Christians walk in here, and I believe that most Christians couldn’t handle doing what I do or speak with my customers,” said Munro, who strictly abides by South Carolina gun purchase laws, which includes a full federal background check, paperwork and an instruction class. Munro also offers gun familiarization classes at his store to properly educate prospective gun buyers and families in how to handle and disarm various firearms.
“I have tattoos and have done things I’m not proud of in the past, so who am I to judge the person who walks in here? If they check out and treat both my business and me with respect, then that’s all I ask.”
A transplanted Northerner, Munro sees South Carolina’s gun control policies as far more “open” and indicative of the direction the country should go in terms of gun restrictions. An avid supporter of the second amendment, which grants U.S. citizens the right to hold and bear arms, Munro said the media’s portrayal of guns is not only unfair, but hazardous to citizens’ Constitutional rights. Munro simply believes that an education in firearms as well as a inert sense of right and wrong is crucial to burying the negative stigma associated with guns.
“A gun is a tool, just like a shovel or a hammer, and both of those tools have killed people too,” said Munro, who strictly prohibits his two sons from playing with toy guns or watching violent TV shows.
“A gun has never killed anybody by itself; It’s on the person controlling the weapon. If you don’t use the rights given to you, they will be taken away from you, and if you look at dictatorships in the past, all of them vehemently supported gun control to take the power away from the citizens. And in places like New York and Chicago, the crime rate is outrageous, and strict gun control laws in metropolitan areas like that are largely to blame in my opinion.”