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Moms Demand Action: Thanks Toby Keith For Prohibiting Guns In YOUR New Virginia Restaurant


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Moms Demand Action Thanks Toby Keith for Prohibiting Guns in New Virginia Restaurant

 

By Clare O’Conner, Forbes & Moms Demand Action

 

In mid-December, the 15th in country superstar Toby Keith’s growing restaurant chain opened its doors in the North Virginia town of Woodbridge, around 20 miles south of Washington, D.C.

 

It didn’t take long for diners to notice a sign some saw as incongruous on the door of the self-proclaimed cowboy’s I Love This Bar & Grill: “No Guns Permitted.”

 

The singer’s team posted the following statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Saturday, after days of social media questions and complaints:

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.

 

While some gun control activists have posted notes of gratitude underneath the restaurant’s announcement, there are plenty of angry Keith fans and Second Amendment advocates expressing their ire on Facebook:

 

Virginia is an open carry state, meaning gun enthusiasts are welcome to brandish their weapons openly — except within private premises or businesses that enact a ban.

 

It’s worth noting that Keith’s involvement in his own chain — named after one of his biggest hits — varies by location. As my colleague Zack O’Malley Greenburg explained in his cover story on Keith’s $500 million empire, the country crooner owns a big chunk of both the land and eatery in Oklahoma City, some 20 minutes from his house.

 

“For others he strikes licensing agreements with large operators for a flat fee, a cut of revenues or both,” wrote Greenburg. Ownership structure aside, Forbes estimates Keith pulls in $12 million a year from his restaurants.

 

Keith’s Woodbridge outpost is just the latest business to find itself in the proverbial crosshairs of the divisive gun rights debate. In September, with mounting pressure from gun control groups including Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense, Starbucks’ billionaire founder Howard Schultz announced firearms were no longer welcome in his coffee shops. The Seattle-based java giant had found itself playing host, unwittingly, to pro-gun rallies in its stores.

 

After their success lobbying Starbucks, Moms Demand Action has set their sights on office supply chain Staples, where there is no explicit corporate policy banning guns.

 

The gun reform group was formed the day after the Newtown massacre at Sandy Hook and now boasts a membership of over 110,000 grassroots activists. Its founder, Shannon Watts, posted on Keith’s restaurant page shortly after the gun ban announcement: “Mothers of America thank you!”

 

Read the full article at forbes.com

 

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  5. Ran across this tidbit of info early this morning & didn’t have time to comment..I think though a registered Republican ; he voted for President Obama..By all accounts the no arms policy at his food joint & voting for our POTUS makes him very cool! Honestly though? I didn’t know who the heck he was until this morning when I read this..

    • In my opinion he’s garbage, on March 13th, 2003 he started a campaign against the Dixie Chicks because in a Texas concert the Dixie Chicks called George Dubbya Bush a lying warmonger….during a concert. Natalie Manes said it and she told the truth. Keith almost bankrupted those ladies career, fuck Toby Keith. I will never believe he voted for Barack, ever. Hope your Sunday is well my dear.

      • Ohhhhh that was HIM..I didn’t know who the heck he was! Country music just isn’t ‘my’ type of music..I could dig deeper explaining why; but I’ll save myself (& your eyes) the keystrokes..I think I read that on The Fifth Column’s blog when I was speed-reading-before -Mass this morning@O’dark dirty thirty..Well still cool of him to not let the good ole’ boys bring their GUNS to his food joint..And I hear some are pissed about it..As IF toting a gun to a restaurant is their God Given right! Don’t they know the days of the Wild Wild West are long gone?? My Sunday is nice & easy just the way I like it..Ugly rainy outside and only one thing that would add the cherry to this evening..But, I’m patiently waiting & waiting & dangggg waiting. Is patience still a virtue or what? Anyways why you post a piece on this Toby Keith guy if you think he’s full of caca?

      • Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America is a group of Moms I admire & respect greatly. They work for what I believe in and Keith did do a common sense good thing. I recognize good shit when it’s done no matter the moron who does it. ;-)

      • Ohhhhh ..Well said! Loll

  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    It just takes a sane one!!

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