Toby Keith: No Guns Allowed in My Restaurant
Rule isn't sitting well with fans in Virginia
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2013 2:46 PM CST
Toby Keith performs in 2010.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

(Newser) – It's probably not the first sign you'd expect to see at a country star's Virginia restaurant: "No Guns Permitted." But that's precisely what's on the door at Toby Keith's new establishment in Woodbridge, reports MyFoxDC. It's legal in Virginia for people to go into bars and restaurants with a gun, but owners can opt out of the rule, as the singer has done at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. And it's not sitting well with fans visiting the restaurant's Facebook page.

"No guns means I won't patronize your restaurant or buy your music or concert tickets. You are a FAKE," reads one typical post. The Blaze notes that the rule is especially surprising coming from Keith, who has been a big pro-gun advocate throughout his career. “If somebody asked me, ‘Why do you have one? What are you afraid of?’ I’d say, ‘I ain’t afraid of nothing. I carry so I don’t have to be,'" he once said.

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Jan 1, 2014 1:33 PM CST
If anyone knew Wayne Mills and the shooting that happened in Nashville, Tennessee, they would know that he was a friend of Toby's. While this is a restaurant setting, it may have some bearing on the "no guns" policy. Just a thought.....
Aliyah Fabrizio
Jan 1, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Toby should talk to Suzanna Hupp who survived the 1991 Luby's Cafeteria massacre, but her parents didn't. She normally carries her gun, but this day removed it from her purse & left in her car, due to Texas's concealed weapons law at the time barring customers from carrying. The gunman knew the patrons would be unarmed, just as they will at Toby's restaurants. This gunman shot 50 people, 23 died...Had just one person had a firearm, he could've been stopped. BOYCOTT TOBY KEITH!!!!!!!
Jan 1, 2014 12:14 PM CST
Bottom line, it's 'his' resturant thus 'his' prerogative .... Further it's a 'choice' whether to be a customer of the establishment.......