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Toby Keith’s Va. Bar Draws Criticism and Praise With New ‘No Weapons’ Policy

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in Woodbridge, Virginia, is attracting ire from some customers and praise from others after announcing on its Facebook page that it will no longer allow guns inside the establishment.

The announcement, posted Saturday, reads:

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.

The post received more than 700 comments, and still more people wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook wall separately from the announcement.

Some responses read similar to Chad Gaiscíoch’s, which says: “If I’m not consuming alcohol why don’t I have a right to self defense. I guess I’ll be taking my business elsewhere.”

Many others take the same stance as Amie Royer, who wrote: “Thank you for taking such a wise and reasonable stance.”

Others accused country superstar Keith, who has connections with the National Rifle Association, of being hypocritical with the policy.

The I Love This Bar and Grill in Woodbridge is one of 15 locations nationwide.

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