Denny’s anti-gun rift with police ends with apology

On New Year’s Day, several on-duty plain clothes officers were dining at a Belleville, Ill. Denny’s, when a customer complained to the manager that one of the officers was carrying a gun. The Denny’s manager told the officer she would have to leave or put the gun in her car, as guns are not allowed on their premises.

“It’s absolutely a slap in the face I totally agree it’s completely disrespectful,” Belleville Police Captain Don sax said in a KTVI Fox2 report. “I’ve never known anybody that didn’t want a police officer present in an establishment in a business. It’s added security, it’s absolutely what they want.”

Denny’s released a statement that said their “policy permits law enforcement officials to carry their firearms in the restaurant and we regret any misunderstanding.”

Sax said the police had their badges in full view, and portable police radios were on the table. When a second manager arrived and said they could stay, they left anyway. Belleview Police Chief William Clay then made headlines when he banned his officers from eating at the Denny’s while on duty.

On Thursday, a Denny’s official met with police and assured them Denny’s welcomes any law enforcement officer to carry their weapons while inside a Denny’s, according to the updated report. The restaurant called the incident a “misunderstanding”, and Chief Clay has now lifted the ban.

 

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  • Duck

    Why lift the ban? The people running that Denny's are fools and they should take of themselves

  • armed citizen

    I find this interesting. Myself and several other legally armed citizens eat in Denny's 2 or 3 times each month here locally and I always eat at Denny's when I travel. I am always legally armed. So much for their attitude. I have never seen a sign for no firearms in any of them so I'll continue to do as I wish, all quite legal of course.

    • Joseph Jr

      Denny's is a franchise company. Each resturaunt has their own rules as to what they do or don't allow. Most allow conceal carry because it is safer and most will never no the difference until an armed citizen saves their lives. The fact that any person with a conscious can say take away guns from law abiding citizens is the answer are foolish. All stats prove that where citizens are able to carry concealed there is way way less violent crime. I will never support any business that takes responsibilty for my safety( i rather do it myself, just a trust issue) yet don't allow lawful conceal carry will never get my business. I love it when someone who owns guns and has body guards tries to get a law passed to keep citizens unarmed and defenseless. These fools believe that gun owners are like the Hollywood movies that they never complain about. Rough and ready to shoot it out with anyone. First let's demand they investigate before they shout about "gun control". Then have them read the second amendment out loud announce their bill in public.

  • Bill Vincent

    No more eating at Dennys for me. I have no room for corporate ignorance.

  • Ina

    I have no room for it either.

  • Judy

    Wow! What a solution to our armed robbery problem all over the country: When an armed robber enters Denny's or any other establishment, the manager can tell them firearms are not allowed and make them leave.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Sounds like a whose dumber than dumber contest?

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