Buffalo Wild Wings Gun Ban: What Do You Think?
Commenters express outrage on the restaurant’s Facebook page after some of the company-owned restaurants post signs prohibiting guns on the premises.
Updated at 5 a.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings has recently attracted controversy regarding its policy that bans guns on its property.
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.”
Another poster wrote, "I no longer feel safe in your establishment as law-abiding citizens are not allowed to defend themselves there. Perhaps you should rename your restaurants 'Defenseless Sheep Shooting Gallery' so all the criminals with guns know where to go next."
Buffalo Wild Wing has issued a statement regarding the issue, according to KDKA -- a CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh:
Buffalo Wild Wings respects the right of individuals to carry firearms. However, because we are focused on the comfort, safety and enjoyment of all of our guests, we have elected to exercise our right to restrict the carrying of firearms within our restaurants. We regret any inconvenience this may cause but believe that this policy is in the best interest of all of our guests and our Team Members.
Additionally, Buffalo Wild Wings says this is not a new policy for the business but it just recently garnered attention.
Beginning in 2009, our company-owned restaurants, along with some franchised locations, began asking guests not to bring guns into Buffalo Wild Wings. That business practice has never been a comment on social or political issues. Our position isn’t new, and it hasn’t changed in years. We’re wings, beer and sports. Our focus is always to provide a great experience for all our guests on game day – and every day.
The franchise in Mentor is among those affected by this corporate policy.
Other national companies have altered its stance on firearms -- or, at least, specific types of firearms -- in recent months.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, suspended sales of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its stores nationwide in December.
Both Dick's and Walmart's decisions were made in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
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.