Toby Keith Restaurant Bans Guns, Angers Fans

Leave the firearms at home if you want to go the Virginia restaurant that carries the country star's name

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Toby Keith performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert to benefit United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Norman, Oklahoma.

A new Woodbridge, Va. restaurant named for country star Toby Keith stirred controversy when it posted a “no guns permitted” sign on its front door, radio station WTOP reports.  Residents criticized the restaurant’s policy on its Facebook page, with some accusing Keith — who licensed his name but does not own the restaurant — of being anti-gun.

The restaurant, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Restaurant, posted a statement on its Facebook page reaffirming its policy.

“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.”

Virginia residents are permitted to openly care firearms without a license.

[WTOP]

23 comments
777jericho
777jericho

This burns my butt that we complain about this, especially just after the Phil Robertson "A&E" incident!~

I don't like Toby Keith, I don't care for his crappy whiny music nor his Liberalism...So!, I don't purchase his products...

But it's his restaurant and his crappy music for goodness sake, his to damn well do with what he pleases!

Shut the heck up already and just don't patronize the place or buy into him if you don't like his policies!

We conservatives screamed about Phil Robertson's rights being taken away from him by a minority of ignorant whiny, thin skinned people "not the government," and what do we turn around and do, we the majority, turn right around and get all thin skinned and whinier, and we try to tell Keith what he can and can't do with his own damn business, it's his business, not ours, his...what the hell is not wrong with that, but everything?!

Is why I'm a Paleocon!
Each his own, let me operate as I please, serve who I please, say as I please, do in the manner I please to do it, and leave me the hell alone to live it as I please, you don't like me or my business dealings, then don't buy into me...
It's that damn simple, Period!

The Dixie Chicks too, had a right to spew their stupid ignorance as well, it was their stupid to spew as was their right to spew it, we had better make up our minds what the hell we want, our freedoms, or none of it atoll?!

We sure as all get out, can't pick and choose who has the right to bear those freedoms and who the hell cannot folks!

I'm ashamed of these conservatives, they are getting more whinier than the brayingass Liberals every day!

rollingtheranger
rollingtheranger

We can't have guns in Toby's establishment but we should have them in schools.

kenlum
kenlum

Thank goodness there is someone out there finally with the courage to stand up to these paranoid schizos. I wish I could go there myself, but don't live nearby.

IceToes
IceToes

Guess what? This is a business that has the legal right to restrict what people bring in if they want to eat or do business there. As someone from a family of business owners, it is also in their financial/insurance interests to do so in this case. Maybe if the people who are so upset that they can't bring in their weapons offered to pay the ridiculous insurance rate for the business so they could take their "security blankets" in? Then the owner might see fit to accept the liability. If you can't handle not packing for the time it takes you to eat a meal or enjoy a drink, you have some serious paranoia issues. You also have the right to go somewhere else that doesn't have those policies if you want to. I'm sure the staff will feel better if there was less of a chance that some rowdy will get drunk and stupid and pull a gun or knife.

ToddWest
ToddWest

You can't bring guns or weapons into my record store either.  I ask people to take them back and leave them in your car, usually 1-2 times a month.  Had an off duty police man bow up on me and I told him, applies to the police too, even if on duty I point out the sing says no weapons allowed, so unless they plan on using them, please leave the weapons in their cars or leave the property.  Lawmen don't like it, even off duty, but my sign clearly states you're not to bring weapons onto this property.  Being able to bare arms does not mean on my private property or on posted commercial property, and if they can't get over it, obviously they're threatening me and the 12 gauge, 410, and 50 caliber will then be brought out.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

Heaven forbid you have to go to dinner with your family and not bring you gun. What is this world coming to?????


/sarcasm

PaDelta
PaDelta

What a choice, tyranny or a bunch of armed inbreds.  I'll take tyranny any day of the week.

PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

What kinda of state allows people to openly carry firearms without a license? Backward dumb rednecks.

hsv35801
hsv35801

Really?  This country is so gun stupid it's maddening.  My god, we live in a stupid country.

Duckworks
Duckworks

@ToddWest So, if you are being robbed, do you ask the responding officer[s] to kindly leave their firearms in their vehicle when you call 911? If you have a large cash pick up, or deposit, do you also request that the cash in transit company sends unarmed guards? Consider that workers in the U.S., which includes police and security guards, have the right to refuse dangerous work, and that includes refusing to assist you without their firearms. Perhaps you should consider relocating to the UK, where you will only have to remind your friendly Yobs and Yardies to leave their weapons in their vehicles. And, if you are adverse to 'bear arms' (sic) in your store, does that mean you prefer it when patrons wear long-sleeved shirts? Just wondering...

RunningWriting
RunningWriting

@PhillyCannabis 


Actually Northern Virginia is one of the wealthiest regions in the country, with a diverse population and a very high percentage of college and grad school graduates. Hardly a redneck backwater, although Woodbridge is on the outer edge of what's considered the D.C./Northern Virginia region.

Duckworks
Duckworks

@PhillyCannabis Vermont--the most granola-hippie-vegan-gay-and-pothead-friendly state in America--does not require a permit, even for concealed firearms, and civilians may purchase machine guns there. Actually, Downton Abbey-era Britain had gun laws so lax that contemporary Texas looks like New York.

swampyD
swampyD

@PhillyCannabis Hopefully the kind of state that allows medicinal cannabis.  Although, we know that ain't happening.

Duckworks
Duckworks

@hsv35801 Then move elsewhere. This isn't a 'love it, or leave it' argument, but an acknowledgement of the fact that, when one considers his homeland to be a 'stupid country,' it really is time to consider living somewhere else. There are plenty of alternative locales: China, North Korea, Singapore, Russia, Cuba are notable countries that. for all practical purposes, forbid civilians from owning guns. Britain, where gun ownership is restricted, though still legal. isn't bad, if you don't mind the odd Yardy with a pistol, or being happy-slapped (the so-called knockout game seems to have finally crossed the pond).

yshabazz2
yshabazz2

@Duckworks @ToddWest If the store is robbed then it becomes a crime scene.  Police then have a right to carry their guns and don't need his permission.

Lidar
Lidar

@Duckworks@hsv35801Oh, and Singapore is quite a different country from the ones you listed - it's a pretty advanced one. Of course they're still on the medieval part of punishments with their death penalty and canning, but well, can't have everything, right?

Lidar
Lidar

@Duckworks@hsv35801I take it that you've never been in England before - you probably just read some biased and misleading NRA report with terribly calculated statistics. Eventually not even in Western Europe. You know, that awful group of countries where no mass shootings happen or where people aren't murdered because "potato" just like in the USA. And where people walk calmly and in peace on the streets without fearing that some wacko will pull out of a weapon anywhere somehow whatever. It is a fantastic lifestyle which itself translates into safety and well-being of all its communities.

And so that you know, I spend around 3 months/year working in the USA. Texas, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana are the majority of the states that I visit.

Personally, I don't see the point of owning a weapon to protect yourself from someone with a weapon. A total ban works just fine, I can assure you that of self experience - back where I come from, we're the 7th safest country in the world, and guess what, weapons are not allowed unless you're a hunter, and even then, only after a very detailed and deep scrutiny is done to you and your background.

And yes, I know you guys defended your country with guns and blabla. So did we, and oh!, we were already a country 400 years before Colombo set his foot over there.

MichelleKirkwood
MichelleKirkwood

@yshabazz2

Duh, of course they would in that instance---but that's not even the point. The point is, what the hell do you even need a gun in a restaurant for? You're not hunting, you're not doing anything that would even remotely involve using a gun. You can't use it to eat, so what the hell do you need it for? If you feel like you have to carry your gun with you 24/7,and you're not a policeman, then YOU have a serious problem, like paranoia,for instance. The last place you need to take a gun is anywhere liquor is being sold,flat-out. People are WAY too insane when it comes to guns---I'm sorry,but owning a gun does NOT give you the automatically to bring it anywhere you please. 

Duckworks
Duckworks

@Lidar @Duckworks @hsv35801 Singapore is a developed, authoritarian-corporatist country. Think of it as an Asian version of the country depicted in the movie Brazil: extensive state-security apparatus and surveillance, severely circumscribed civil rights, a robust market economy. And the U.S., Canada are heading toward this, with Britain and Australia already most of the way there.

Duckworks
Duckworks

@Lidar @Duckworks @hsv35801  "Personally, I don't see the point of owning a weapon to protect yourself from someone with a weapon. A total ban works just fine."


In no universe is a total weapons ban enforceable, any more than it is with drugs. Containerloads of guns are imported into countries like Canada, every year, from places like China (where they are supposedly illegal), and these end up in the hands of gangs. And forget 3D printers: it's easy to make guns the oldschool way, with lathes and drill presses. They have been cranking out AK-47 copies like this in Waziristan for decades. And making ammo, lead styphnate and nitrocellulose is easier than cooking meth.
Ask the cash in transit guards, who fill ATMs and whatnot, if they think it's pointless to be armed for self defense. And look at the situation in your country, with unarmed CIT guards:


dailymail.
co.uk/news/article-478564/Britain-worst-world-armed-robbery-says-security-boss.html

Mostly, a gun says "do not touch." CIT robberies are rare in North America. Over here, the leading cause of injury and death for CIT guards is actually traffic accidents. And you might be interested in the perspective of former Bobbies who now serve as cops in Canada, where they carry guns:
theguardian.
com/world/2008/mar/25/canada

Duckworks
Duckworks

@PhillyCannabis @Duckworks @hsv35801 There are a lot of gun owners in Canada, despite the efforts of the previous Liberal government to change this. The current government just dismantled the costly (close to $2B down the tubes) long gun registry, which was run by the same IT company (CGI Group) that set up the Obamacare website. Unlike the U.S., you can order guns through the mail, and convicted criminals can generally apply for licenses after about five years. Semiauto rifles are popular with hunters and ranchers, and it is legal to have shotguns with 18" barrels. Handguns are legal, though there is extensive paperwork, and some weird restrictions (e.g., barrels must be over 105mm long). Generally, only people like cash in transit guards carry handguns, though permits are also issued to people like trappers. geologists, and wildlife photographers, for protection from wild animals. A handful of people, mostly judges and Crown Prosecutors, have the ATC Type-3 concealed carry permit. And sorry to burst your bubble: you will find as many unfriendly people in Canada as in the U.S., and you WILL be arrested for marijuana possession, or trafficking--this isn't Colorado. Despite the propaganda you may hear in the media, the healthcare system is pretty good. Yes, Canada is a nice country...but, aside from the lower West Coast area, the weather is as unpleasant as you'd find in the Midwest.


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