Toby Keith restaurant gun ban miffs firearm fans in Virginia

Dec. 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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WOODBRIDGE, Va., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Singer Toby Keith is catching flak from gun owners over a ban on firearms at his new restaurant in northern Virginia.

The establishment in Woodbridge has a "No Guns Permitted" sign at the front door, which has apparently miffed some of the country star's fans in a state where it is legal to walk into a bar or restaurant with a visible sidearm.

WTTG-TV, Washington, said Sunday that social media postings expressed disappointment with the policy, which is also legal under state law. One patron said on Facebook a "no guns" policy could signal robbers that the place was a tempting target. "Anyone leaving your establishment is likely completely defenseless and easy pickins for a robbery," the post said.

Patrons, however, told WTTG they felt more comfortable with guns being kept out of a place that serves alcohol. The station noted there was a 20-minute wait for tables on Saturday.

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