Toby Keith Under Criticism for Anti-Gun Stance at His Restaurant

Toby Keith Under Criticism for Anti-Gun Stance at His Restaurant

Toby Keith is the subject of heated debate in social media for his stance on not allowing guns in his Woodbridge, Virginia restaurant, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. Keith has been a vocal supporter of gun rights, and has performed at National Rifle Association sponsored rallies. With his anti-gun stance in regards to his own restaurant in Virginia, some people have branded him as being a “hypocrite” and a “traitor.”

Toby Keith has a popular single out called “Bullets in the Gun.” That, and Keith’s previous support of gun rights, made it surprising to the many of his fans when he had a sign posted on the door of his restaurant that says “NO GUNS PERMITTED.”

While Toby Keith has his had some positive feedback on his Facebook page, much of it has been negative. He has angered Virginia’s gun rights advocates, as Virginia is a state that allows people to carry firearms into bars and restaurants, as long as it’s okay with the owners of the establishments.

If the owners of certain bars and restaurants would prefer not to allow customers to carry guns into their establishments, that is allowable under Virginia state law as long as the owners display a gun-free sign to announce that guns are banned from their premises.

One person who was in favor of the gun ban wrote at Toby Keith’s Facebook page that he believes “it’s hilarious how you are criticizing a private business owner who does not want people open carrying in a bar/restaurant.”

Another person in favor of the anti-gun policy, Jayne Marconi, told Fox News that “alcohol can make you do funny things.” She continued, pointing at the sign, saying that the policy Toby Keith adopted “absolutely makes me feel more comfortable.”

However, another person, critical of the anti-gun policy adopted at the restaurant owned by Toby Keith, wrote that he won’t be going to Keith’s restaurant or be buying his songs “until you turn away from your anti NRA views.” He added: “Get it right and repent quickly.”

Another person critical of Toby Keith’s policy wrote that he was “ashamed to say I was ever a fan of yours,” and also wrote “You truly are a hypocrite.”

Yet another critical response was “Lawfully armed and spending my money elsewhere.”

Toby Keith’s Virginia restaurant is actually a part of his franchise, which is owned by Capri Restaurant Group Enterprises LLC, based in Arizona. The first of the Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill restaurants opened in 2005 in Oklahoma City. The franchise is now in over a dozen cities in America.

There is a response to the criticism that’s been posted on the Facebook page, that sates the restaurant wants to provide “a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.”

The post only prompted more criticism, such as one person writing that the response was “a total cop-out to the bad publicity that your bad policy has initiated.”

There might be a loophole for you gun-owners who still would like to take your guns into the restaurant. Virginia is one of six states (the others are Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia) which lets people carry loaded guns in bars. It doesn’t matter if the establishment has posted a “No Guns Permitted” sign. Unless the state lists the establishment as one where people can’t carry guns, such signs don’t have the force of law.

Toby Keith has said on past occasions that he is a supporter of gun rights, and he is also in favor of people concealed weapons permits and then carrying guns. He said at a 2011 event that if just “one percent of non-felons” would get such licenses and carry guns,” and if you were a member of that group: “one percent puts you in a pretty good position of being somebody that could save a bunch of people’s lives.”

Such remarks by Toby Keith seem to fly in the face of his restaurant’s policy to not allow gun owners to carry their weapons into his Virginia restaurant, and make him seem to be hypocritical, at best. What are your opinions regarding this policy by Toby Keith? Please leave your comments below!

Written by: Douglas Cobb

8 Responses to "Toby Keith Under Criticism for Anti-Gun Stance at His Restaurant"

  1. Gaby Leander   December 31, 2013 at 5:37 am

    your typical Republican Hypocrite!!

  2. Martin Hedington   December 30, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Given that: 1. ‘Any publicity is good publicity’ (especially if its free) and 2. The State he’s in is a very pro-gun State. It naturally follows that it’s merely a stunt. Hang around a while for the 180 flip. Shrewd businessguy.

  3. John   December 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Did anyone ask Toby?

  4. MarkHWC   December 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    The difference between having the sign and not having the sign is about 200% increase in insurance cost not to mention litigation if there is a problem. It is not about guns or no guns but purely about cost of doing business.

  5. Katy   December 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Such a hypocrite, now since there is no guns allowed the nut job who could care less about his sign will be the only one in the place with a weapon. The one percent of the law abiding citizens who he states could help save lives one day will be without a way of defense. A thug,criminal,crazy person,mentally unstable, whatever the label doesn’t Carr and no law, sign, background check, or psychiatric check is going to stop them!!

  6. Rich Lee   December 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Everyone’s acting as if he personally put that sign on the door himself. If thatvis the policy of the ACTUAL company that owns the CHAIN of restaurants, then all of your ire for Mr. Keith is presumptuous, misinformed, misguided and misplaced. Educate yourselves before you accuse.

    • Katy   December 29, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      If you would of read the article correctly it stated t he bar and grill is a part of HIS franchise. Meaning he has other products and such that makes up his franchise, the bar and grill is just a part.

  7. AFS1970   December 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    It is not that he has the sign in the restaurant, that is his right. It is that he has the sign in his restaurant while making public statements contrary to the sign that makes him a hypocrite.


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