There’s been a growing number of businesses who, in a naive attempt to stop a potential crime, declare themselves to be gun free zones. Doing so makes law-abiding citizens sitting ducks and instant victims for criminals who, by virtue of definition, do not obey the law.
It’s bad enough to deny a law abiding citizen their Second Amendment constitutional rights, but one worker at Chuck E. Cheese took the stripping away of gun rights to an entirely new and ridiculous level.
A worker at Chuck E. Cheese in Bowling Green, Kentucky refused to allow a police officer to be in the restaurant because she had her gun. While the officer was not in full uniform, she was wearing a marked police polo shirt which clearly identified her as law enforcement. The popular children’s pizza joint had a “No Firearms” sign posted on the door as allowed by Kentucky law.
But, one would think such a policy did not apply to police officers.
Chuck E. Cheese’s headquarters Public Relations Chair Alexis Lynn addressed what happened at the Bowling Green location. She said, “Our firearms policy does not apply to officers in uniform. We do have a firearms policy for civilians and off duty non-uniformed officers, but officers in uniform are always welcome to bring in their firearms.” They said the entire situation was a misunderstanding of policy that should never have happened.
As for the police, Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle shared, “I was upset, I was shocked for that officer and also for all the patrons there because you know if you have an obvious police officer and they’re wearing police clothing, then I don’t understand what the problem would be having someone like that, with the training and experience of a police officer, into an establishment.”
Doyle added that not only should the marked police polo shirt been enough to satisfy the employee in identifying the officer as law enforcement, he indicated that the officers should have been allowed to be in the establishment with their weapon even if she was off-duty. “Kentucky State Law allows us to carry anywhere in the state of Kentucky except for federal buildings and that’s basically the only place,” stated Doyle.
In addressing the excuse that the worker turned the officer away due to a misunderstanding of policy, Doyle said that it is a training issue and believes that management should have been aware of both the policy and the law.
“Chuck E. Cheese’s is a great establishment, been around a long time and like I said my family we go to Chuck E. Cheese’s on a regular basis and I’m not going to say I’m never going to go since they’ve corrected this issue and they’ve come out with what their actual policy is, that’s fine I’m not going to boycott that restaurant. But everybody needs to be aware of what the laws are and everybody needs to understand that somebody who is trained and qualified to carry a weapon, they’re there to help people.”