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Monday, December 30, 2013

Toby Keith Restaurant Management Explains "No Guns" Policy in Virginia Location

Until this story hit the wires over the weekend, I didn't even know that singer, songwriter, Toby Keith had a restaurant chain.  As is probably the case in most of these type of arrangements, Keith's actual involvement with the chain varies by location.  His newest location opened recently in Woodbridge, Virginia, a growing town in the crowded Northern Virginia county of Prince William.  The restaurant has posted a "No Guns" sign at it's entrance, something Virginia businesses are allowed to do under the law.  Very few restaurants have taken this action since Virginia lifted the ban on carrying concealed firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol in addition to food.  Forbes reports that after a flood of comments on the restaurant's Facebook page, the management of the chain posted the following statement:
While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.
I can understand trying to pass off the policy on advice from the insurance company, but "guidance from the State of Virginia"?  Just what agency or individual did the restaurant speak with and who in state government is advising businesses to post no firearms signs?  I think that is the real story here.

Let me also address the comment about a "safe, enjoyable, and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff."  Please show me the evidence that after repeal of the "restaurant ban" that patrons of the thousands of restaurants in Virginia have not had "safe and enjoyable" dining experiences.  Also, please show me the evidence that law abiding gun owners have caused disturbances in restaurants since the ban was lifted.  And finally, please show me the evidence that criminals obey "no firearms" signs anywhere they decide to cause mayhem.

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