Country singer Toby Keith is catching fire from some of his fans because one of his I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants recently put up a sign that stated: “No Guns Permitted.”
Fox News reports that the restaurant, which is located in Woodbridge, Va., issued a statement on its Facebook page: “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.”
There was a mix of support and attacks on the restaurant's Facebook page, including:
That sign on the door means that I will never try your restaurant … It is a cultural thing among we Americans … It is the fact that you seek to restrict a Constitutional Right that bothers the public. This is what will cost you.
Any place where I can bring my baby without fear of some jagoff bringing his glock is fine by me! Would never thought of coming down here but now I will make a point of it.
According to The Huffington Post, gun owners may be able to carry their guns into the eatery regardless of its policy because Virginia law allows loaded guns in bars and restaurants, but you cannot drink alcohol if you are armed.
In 2011, Keith strongly supported gun rights, notes BreitBart.com.
“I'm all about good people, licensed and trained, carrying a concealed weapon," said Keith at the time. "The bad guys are always gonna be carrying guns. There are so many guns in the U.S and so many bad people that do harm with 'em. If one percent of non-felons would go get their concealed weapons license and carry a gun where they can, one percent puts you in a pretty good position of being somebody that could save a bunch of people's lives."