A South Carolina pub owner is facing intense public backlash after he posted a sign forbidding patrons from bringing concealed weapons into his bar.
“NO CONCEALED WEAPONS ALLOWED,” the sign reads. “If you are such a loser that you feel a need to carry a gun with you when you go out, I do not want your business. Douchebag.”
The sign started bringing negative attention to Backstreets Pub & Deli when the website Twitchy grabbed an image of it off of Twitter. Hundreds of gun rights supporters have since taken to Yelp and hammered the pub with poor reviews.
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“Not allowing law abiding permit holding background checked conceal carry permit holders into your establishment is begging for criminals to come in and make an easy target out of you,” one reviewer wrote.
“So, you would even insult the soldiers that fought for your freedom and right to post that offensive sign?” a reviewer named Tim asked. “Would you say the same thing to a police officer? I guess you have the right to be an idiot as well. God bless America, the Constitution and the Second Amendment.”
The bar owner, identified as Pete, says the he is a concealed carry permit holder himself. He just doesn’t think guns belong in a college town like Clemson.
“There are cops everywhere,” he said. “Cameras everywhere. Guns have no place in a college town.”
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Pete told the Washington Times that he stands behind the sign’s policy, but he regrets the language used on the sign.
“I’m sorry I used that language,” he said. “It just came out wrong because I was frustrated.”