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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:17 am

Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill at Potomac Town Center finally opened this week, and with some controversy.

A sign on the door of the long-delayed restaurant reads “No guns permitted,” and that doesn’t sit well with some gun rights advocates.

On Monday, more than a dozen people posted their displeasure about the rule on the restaurant’s Facebook page, but by Tuesday all of those posts had been deleted.

Work has been slow in completing the new restaurant, with several opening dates coming and going, the first more than a year ago.

Last week, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page that it would be opening as soon as inspections were complete, but then posted there was a delay in getting ABC licenses from the state.

On Monday, employees posted that the licenses had been granted and “there’s nothing stopping us now.” By Tuesday evening, the restaurant was open for business.

Singer Kasey Ray Meeks is scheduled to perform Friday and Saturday.

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  • charles T posted at 7:00 am on Sun, Jan 5, 2014.

    charles T Posts: 119

    I's a non issue, don't know why such a fuss being made. I can choose to carry or I can choose to find some place else to eat..that simple. It's not like I can't find a bologna sandwhich anywhere else..that is their signature item...whoopdy doo

    They don't have good beer either, not a place for beer snobs

  • Don Carr posted at 4:15 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Don Carr Posts: 2

    burbanite, what TK said there is not inconsistent with the "no guns" policy at the restaurant. He said clearly that believes should get their CCWL and carry "where they can" ... they just can't at the restaurant. No big deal - the policy doesn't infringe upon or threaten any rights.

  • freedom posted at 2:35 pm on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    freedom Posts: 1


    You should contact the NRA, your Membership expired a few years back.

  • Barnman posted at 5:13 pm on Wed, Dec 18, 2013.

    Barnman Posts: 1

    While, I won't be drinking $8 beer at Mr. Keith's business. I'd rather be judged by 12 then carried by 6.

  • InPWCsince69 posted at 6:30 pm on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    InPWCsince69 Posts: 146

    If you want to carry a gun just think back to the craziness that happened at the Silver Fox on Rt 1 in the 80s

  • Copperhead posted at 5:46 pm on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    Copperhead Posts: 102

    I myself am a N.R.A. life member with a C.C.W. and no, means NO! If you don't like it? Seek life else where. There is always that group that says "you cant tell me what to do". And those are the ones who ruin everything for everybody. So, suck it up and leave it at home or in the truck. Not a sermon, just say'in [wink]

  • burbanite posted at 3:21 pm on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    burbanite Posts: 1


    The "controversy" is that he made this statement -

    "I’m all about good people, licensed and trained, carrying a concealed weapon," Keith said. "The bad guys are always gonna be carrying guns. There are so many guns in the U.S., and so many bad people that do harm with ’em. If just 1 percent of the non-felons would go get their concealed-weapons license and carry a gun where they can, 1 percent puts you in a pretty good position of being somebody that could save a bunch of people’s lives."

    But now he refuses to actually put his money where his mouth is, a little hypocritical don't you think? Kind of like you and your "NON authorities" statement, you should resign your NRA membership because you have the Fudd mentality. Have no doubt that they are coming for your double barrell soon...

    Life member here.

  • AVON posted at 11:10 am on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    AVON Posts: 2

    I agree Leroy, that was its intended purpose. But we know that the "one beer wont hurt" thought will happen. But as Vater also said, unless patrons are frisked theres no way to actually know whos packing legal or or not.

  • vater posted at 10:46 am on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    vater Posts: 1

    Not that I'm a proponent of breaking rules, but it's not like patrons will be frisked at the door. If you're a concealed carrier, first rule is to not let anyone know you carry. And if you feel strongly enough about the rule and don't want to break it, then don't patronize Mr. Keith's establishment. Quite simple, really.

  • LeRoy posted at 10:39 am on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    LeRoy Posts: 43

    Thought the law allows you to carry inside restaurants in VA provided that you do not comsume alcohol. And again if they don't allow guns in their shops just go somewhere else if you are so hung up with it. I am also a member of NRA.

  • LeRoy posted at 10:39 am on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    LeRoy Posts: 43

  • AVON posted at 10:25 am on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    AVON Posts: 2

    Controversy? What controversy?? The fact that a business that sells alcohol dosent want guns in it should be appluaded!! Some gun owners give gun supporters a bad rep. Yes I am a gun owner and supporter (NRA#168950739), but this wanting to carry any and everywhere by NON authorities is troubling. All it takes is one packing yahoo thats had too much to drink to set it off if he thinks someone is looking at his lady.