It seems that while Hard Times Cafe is an upstanding organization that serves great food, one franchisee in Woodbridge has taken it upon himself to harass firearms owners who visit his restaurant. Too bad, as I liked to eat there after taking the family to Potomac Mills or Ikea.
Many of you are probably aware that it is illegal to carry a concealed firearm where alcohol is served. So for those of us who carry a firearm for self-defense, when we visit a restaurant which serves alcoholic beverages, we have to transition to “open carry” where we ensure that our firearm is carried in plain view. Of course responsible firearms owners don’t consume alcoholic beverages while they have a firearm. Many restaurant owners are familiar with the law, and don’t mind having law-abiding patrons demonstrate that criminal activity at their businesses might possibly bear some severe consequences. It’s sort of like having people come to your place of business and pay you for the priviledge of deterring criminals that might otherwise target you.
But for Hard Times at Potomac Festival Plaza, the owner has decided to get his knickers in a knot and ask those patrons with firearms to leave. Not only does this turn away business, but it advertises that the business is a soft target for any criminals who might be less concerned with complying with the law. Criminals tend to not comply with the law.
If you would like to help disabuse this franchisee of his misconceptions regarding law-abiding citizens, you can contact him at Woodbridge@hardtimes.com
They play country music, but they can’t tolerate firearms. I guess they listen to the Dixie Chicks. Too bad.
UPDATE: The franchisee has clarified his position according to citizenofmanassas, who reports you’re OK if you’re in the restaurant part of the establishment and are carrying legally. This at least solves any problems I might experience if I were to eat lunch there with my family.
UPDATE #2; Philip Van Cleave of the Vigrinia Citizens Defense League adds the following, from the VA-ALERT:
On a very positive note, Mr. Barnette states that he would like to help us get rid of the restaurant concealed carry ban, as he would rather gun owners carry concealed. With concealed carry, he said, the whole issue with carrying in his establishment would basically dry up and blow away. On this we see eye to eye and we would welcome Mr. Barnette’s help next year lobbying with us to get rid of that crazy ban. VCDL has always argued that it should be up to the restaurant owner, and NOT the government, whether or not concealed guns are allowed.
I’m glad to see this starting to turn into a positive. Here is a good example of a business owner who feels that the restaurant ban is counterproductive and actually makes us less safe.
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