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,┬áradio station WTOP reports. ┬áResidents 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.