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Buffalo Wild Wings Gun Ban: What Do You Think?

Commenters express outrage on the business’s Facebook page after some company-owned restaurants post signs prohibiting guns on the premises. Workers at the Richland location won't comment on the issue.

Buffalo Wild Wings is attracting controversy after some of the chain’s company-owned restaurants have begun posting signs banning guns on the property.

KDKA reports photos taken at restaurants around the nation are popping up on social media sites, showing signs stating that guns are not allowed inside the buildings.

The move has sparked outrage on the company’s official Facebook page.

"It's your right to disarm your customers as is our right to go eat elsewhere from now on to prevent becoming a victim,” said one poster. “I changed banks for the same reason.”

In a statement to KDKA, officials at Buffalo Wild Wings' corporate headquarters said the company “respects the right of individuals to carry firearms.

"One of our top priorities is the comfort, safety and enjoyment of our guests, and we have elected to exercise our right to prohibit the carrying of firearms in our company-owned restaurants.”

The company told KDKA it regrets any inconveniences, but “This long-standing position is in the best interest of our guests and our team members. This position may vary in independently owned franchised locations.”

KDKA checked a few of the local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants around Pittsburgh and found most of them currently do not have signs banning guns on their doors.

At the chain's Gibsonia location, neither employees nor a manager would comment on the restaurant's position on the issue.

We want to know what you think. Would a ban on guns inside the premises prevent you from eating at the restaurant chain? Do you approve of Buffalo Wild Wings' stance? Tell us in the comment section below.

T-rent January 28, 2013 at 07:36 PM
What has this country come too when you can't even set you 9 down on the table while you get hammered!?? Ill be going to tilted kilt from now on. #Merica
Joshua Crawford January 28, 2013 at 09:08 PM
If there is going to be a Wild West Shootout statistics show that, after their new policy is implemented Buffalo Wild Wings could be the perfect spot. People who carry firearms (no longer allowed to dine in BWW while armed) are 13.5 times less likely to be arrested for non violent crimes and 5.7 times less likely to commit violent crimes when compared to the general public. Not to mention 77% of all violent crimes occurs in public places. It is also a fact that when using firearms in self defense, 91.1% of the time not a single shot is fired. It would also be important to say that when asked 60% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they KNEW the victim was armed. 40% of convicted felons admitted they avoided crimes when they THOUGHT the intended victim was armed. So BWW can keep their mediocre chicken wings and liberal crowd.
Joshua Crawford January 28, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Ralph, Fact: in Kennesaw GA 1982 a law was passed to require all heads of house holds to keep at least one firearm in the home, as a result residential burglary rates dropped 89% in the following year. More guns = Less crime? Fact: in Texas, murder rates fell 50% and rape fell 93% faster than the national average the year after they allowed concealed carry. In the second year of the law Assault rates fell 250% and rape 500% faster than the national average. Again More guns = Less Crime? ALERT-- THIS A TEST-- IT IS ONLY A TEST--... I may have found a way around the evidence!
Chris Fakeacct January 29, 2013 at 06:43 AM
BWW - please don't do things like this.... Criminals don't care if you ban them, only the law abiding ones do. Its like sticking a sign out front that says - if your mental and have procured heavy fire power, COME HERE!!! Because we as a restaurant and none of our patrons will have any equal grounds to stop you!
GB January 29, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Yes you can carry a gun into a bank if you have a Concealed Carry Permit. A bank is NOT considered a "Federal Institution" like a Post Office or Court House. Every business has a right to post "NO GUNS ALLOWED." It's their Private Property and right to do so...but why? It just invites criminals...sort of like the mass shooting in the Theater in Colorado. That Theater has signs posted "NO GUNS ALLOWED" and look what happened. The guy that committed the crime went out of his way to that theater because there were several Theaters right around him that DIDN'T ban Guns! Wake up people! This is your 2nd Ammendment Right of the US Constitution to BEAR ARMS! I can't believe this is even in question!

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