CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee Chattanooga senior’s graduation photo depicting her with a handgun tucked in her waistband has generated controversy over social media, but she’s sticking to her guns, according to a Fox News post.
Brenna Spencer, 22, is shown in the photo lifting her “Women for Trump” T-shirt to expose the firearm.
Despite receiving what she called a surprising “amount of hate” on social media, Spencer says she has no regrets.
“I know the Tennessee state gun codes … I carry everywhere that I’m allowed to carry,” she said in an interview.
On Twitter, where Spencer’s profile states that “political correctness offends me,” she posted the provocative photo with the caption: “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
The post quickly went viral, with some complimenting the shoot and others calling it reckless.
One woman, Victoria Silva, alerted the police in an apparent attempt to have Spencer arrested.
“@ChattanoogaPD would you like to give us your two cents?” Silva tweeted. “Per the thread, this young female is taking a photo w/ a firearm, in an area w/ a posted ‘no-weapons’ policy. This showboating behavior is irresponsible, reckless, & potentially dangerous.”
The photo was reportedly taken outside the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, which bans firearms inside.
Others were supportive — and offered some tips to the soon-to-be-grad.
“Good job supporting second amendment, but you should have a proper holster that holds the weapon securely and fully protects the trigger guard,” a Twitter user wrote in response to the photo.
Spencer responded promptly: “I do! I have a belly band on it’s just not seen in the photo!”
I do! I have a belly band on it’s just not seen in the photo!
— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 8, 2018
Spencer, who is set to graduate with a communications degree, says she owns several firearms and works for Turning Point, a conservative nonprofit.