In the Star Trek TNG episode: Night Terrors, we see Guinan using a rifle in order to break up a brawl at Ten Forward:

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In a hilarious piece of dialog she immediately admits that this rifle is not Starfleet issued:

GILLESPIE: What is that?

GUINAN: It's a little souvenir I picked up on Magus Three. That was setting number one. Anyone want to see setting number two?

While Starfleet is not a military organization, it has similar structures (Captains, Admirals, enlisted personnel etc), so even though Guinan is a civilian, I doubt they would allow her to bring her own weapon on board.

So my question is: Why is Guinan allowed to have a non-Starfleet issued rifle?

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    Imagine that you’re Star Fleet security, and you’re vetting baggage that the crew are bringing on board. Are you going to tell Guinan that she can’t have her gun?
    – Mike Scott
    May 26, 2019 at 13:00
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    Are you going to try to take it off of her?
    – Valorum
    May 26, 2019 at 13:09
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    Non-canon speculation: maybe she just asked Picard for permission. May 26, 2019 at 13:25
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    Guinan: "I can't tell you when. I can't tell you how. But one day, the fate of several timelines will depend on me having that gun under there." Picard: "Oh... okay, I understand... you can't risk contaminating the timeline by telling me. Okay, you can have it." Guinan (to herself): I can't believe he bought that! May 26, 2019 at 19:57
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    She's also the only one on board that has real alcohol, which has actual canon to be against Starfleet regulations. Stop asking questions before you mess that up for everyone.
    – Mazura
    May 26, 2019 at 20:35

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There isn't currently an answer for this in canon, but there is some reasonable speculation that can be made:

  • "I doubt they would allow her to bring her own weapon on board." There isn't anything to say that they wouldn't. The Federation may have an equivalent to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution that says that its citizens have the right to bear arms. Worf is also regularly noted to possess a number of weapons that are definitely not Starfleet issue.
  • Guinan has a very close relationship with Captain Picard, so it stands to reason that even if she would normally have been restricted from bringing her own weapon on board, Picard may be in a position to make an exception.
  • Guinan is established in "Redemption" to practice regularly on the phaser range. It could be that the rifle is really a target marker that she uses for practice that is incapable of affecting a person, and that she's merely bluffing to the unruly patrons.
  • It is entirely possible that she isn't allowed to have it but has it anyway. Romulan Ale also has a way of ending up on Starfleet ships, despite being illegal.

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