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Buffalo Wild Wings Gun Ban: What Do You Think?

Commenters express outrage on the business’s Facebook page after some company-owned restaurants post signs prohibiting guns on the premises. Workers at the Richland location won't comment on the issue.

Buffalo Wild Wings is attracting controversy after some of the chain’s company-owned restaurants have begun posting signs banning guns on the property.

KDKA reports photos taken at restaurants around the nation are popping up on social media sites, showing signs stating that guns are not allowed inside the buildings.

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.”

In a statement to KDKA, officials at Buffalo Wild Wings' corporate headquarters said the company “respects the right of individuals to carry firearms.

"One of our top priorities is the comfort, safety and enjoyment of our guests, and we have elected to exercise our right to prohibit the carrying of firearms in our company-owned restaurants.”

The company told KDKA it regrets any inconveniences, but “This long-standing position is in the best interest of our guests and our team members. This position may vary in independently owned franchised locations.”

KDKA checked a few of the local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants around Pittsburgh and found most of them currently do not have signs banning guns on their doors.

At the chain's Gibsonia location, neither employees nor a manager would comment on the restaurant's position on the issue.

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.

Joe Conroy January 28, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Their food tastes like crap anyway!
Ralph Meyer January 28, 2013 at 02:14 PM
I applaud any company that forbids guns on premises. Who needs to carry guns into a Buffalo Wild Wings, or Giant Eagle, or any other store? Nobody. All guns do in up the danger of somebody being shot. The notion of carrying a gun into a store indicates only 1 of two things: the carrier is stupid, or a robber unless he's a Law Enforcement Officer. The Insane NRA's notion that more guns equals safety is a lie, hands down, the purpose of which is just to up the profits of the gun manufacturers. They care nothing about safety. Less guns equals greater safety. There is no way around the evidence!
Joe Conroy January 28, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Ralph--you are sadly ill-informed! But, from reading your past posts I can plainly see that you are a dyed in the wool, Obama Kool-aid drinking liberal. I could debate you & post fact after fact, but liberals don't listen to nor want to hear facts. Just wanted to let you know that it is better to keep you mouth closed & be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and erase all doubt. Bye now!
Cindy Cusic Micco January 28, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Please be respectful to others and their opinions. No need for insults.
Stacy January 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
NOT allowing a gun inside a business isn't going to hurt any one. Big deal....leave your gun at home, or in your car, and go and enjoy some great wings. This isn't the first place you can't take your gun.
MD January 28, 2013 at 03:04 PM
You are a fool. I was in a chain restaurant that was getting robbed. I was armed and stopped it from happening and the guy was arrested. I received a certificate from the sheriffs office and big recognition ceremony. The guy violently stabbed 2 cashiers in other robberies. Responsible law abiding citizens can and will prevent victimization. Criminals are not going to follow the law and you are ridiculous for even thinking such. The cops are only minutes away when seconds matter. People rob and even attack shoppers because they are drugged up or just plain crazy. it happens thousands of times. it is a fact so stop hiding from reality. you do not understand a very simple machine and you fear it. your lack of education just breeds ignorance.
James Dale Barrington January 28, 2013 at 03:09 PM
I agree with you fully Ralph. Hurrah for Buffalo Wild Wings.. Wished more would be so committed.
Joe Conroy January 28, 2013 at 03:10 PM
You should NEVER leave your gun in your car. First--should your car be stolen the thief now has a gun to boot! Second--and MOST important--your gun is of NO use if you need it and it is in your car. If you carry a gun---carry it---ALWAYS!
Joe Conroy January 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
I agree with you MD---Good points!
Mike Shefler January 28, 2013 at 03:54 PM
"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.” There are banks that allow customers to bear arms????
Cindy Cusic Micco January 28, 2013 at 04:33 PM
MD - Where was the robbery of the chain restaurant?
Debra Phelan January 28, 2013 at 04:36 PM
You got that right!
Maria January 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Posting a sign that prohibits guns WILL NOT stop anyone who is intent on causing harm. It's only putting the patrons at risk against that individual. The patrons have the right to self defense.
Pine Nuts January 28, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Ralph- do you ever notice how criminal rampages come to an end? Sorry to say but in almost every case they are stopped by good guys with guns (or at least their arrival on the scene). Sometimes it’s the police and sometimes, if we are lucky, there are responsible armed citizens in and around a scene that have the potential to greatly limit the downside.
GR January 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
'MD' -- Please cite the date and location of your heroics. I'd like to read more about that!!!
T-rent January 28, 2013 at 07:36 PM
What has this country come too when you can't even set you 9 down on the table while you get hammered!?? Ill be going to tilted kilt from now on. #Merica
Joshua Crawford January 28, 2013 at 09:08 PM
If there is going to be a Wild West Shootout statistics show that, after their new policy is implemented Buffalo Wild Wings could be the perfect spot. People who carry firearms (no longer allowed to dine in BWW while armed) are 13.5 times less likely to be arrested for non violent crimes and 5.7 times less likely to commit violent crimes when compared to the general public. Not to mention 77% of all violent crimes occurs in public places. It is also a fact that when using firearms in self defense, 91.1% of the time not a single shot is fired. It would also be important to say that when asked 60% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they KNEW the victim was armed. 40% of convicted felons admitted they avoided crimes when they THOUGHT the intended victim was armed. So BWW can keep their mediocre chicken wings and liberal crowd.
Joshua Crawford January 28, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Ralph, Fact: in Kennesaw GA 1982 a law was passed to require all heads of house holds to keep at least one firearm in the home, as a result residential burglary rates dropped 89% in the following year. More guns = Less crime? Fact: in Texas, murder rates fell 50% and rape fell 93% faster than the national average the year after they allowed concealed carry. In the second year of the law Assault rates fell 250% and rape 500% faster than the national average. Again More guns = Less Crime? ALERT-- THIS A TEST-- IT IS ONLY A TEST--... I may have found a way around the evidence!
Chris Fakeacct January 29, 2013 at 06:43 AM
BWW - please don't do things like this.... Criminals don't care if you ban them, only the law abiding ones do. Its like sticking a sign out front that says - if your mental and have procured heavy fire power, COME HERE!!! Because we as a restaurant and none of our patrons will have any equal grounds to stop you!
GB January 29, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Yes you can carry a gun into a bank if you have a Concealed Carry Permit. A bank is NOT considered a "Federal Institution" like a Post Office or Court House. Every business has a right to post "NO GUNS ALLOWED." It's their Private Property and right to do so...but why? It just invites criminals...sort of like the mass shooting in the Theater in Colorado. That Theater has signs posted "NO GUNS ALLOWED" and look what happened. The guy that committed the crime went out of his way to that theater because there were several Theaters right around him that DIDN'T ban Guns! Wake up people! This is your 2nd Ammendment Right of the US Constitution to BEAR ARMS! I can't believe this is even in question!

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