Restaurant owner hitting business targets with ‘Guns Are Welcome’ attitude, sign

After a robbery at a store with a “No Guns Allowed” sign, the owner of a family restaurant in east Tennessee took the opposite approach – and saw business flourish.

Sharma Floyd, owner of Shiloh Brew and Chew in Maryville, Tenn., hung a “Guns are Welcome” sign on the restaurant’s front door, according to the local NBC affiliate, WBIR-TV.

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“I can honestly say I have gotten way more support than the one person who really gave me a lot of grief over it,” Floyd told WBIR-TV. “I have had so many customers take pictures of the sign, ask to meet me in person, and thank me.”

Her action was in response to a convenience store manager in North Carolina being shot during a robbery that took place two days after a sign was posted saying no guns were allowed.

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Floyd does not own a gun, but she believes in the constitutional right to bear arms, WBIR-TV reported.

“As the owner, I want to stand my ground,” she said. “I have that constitutional right. If you like it, that’s great. If you don’t, I’m sorry for you. I can’t change who I am.”

Her customers echoed the sentiment.

“Everyone needs to take a stand for what they believe is right,” patron Ralph Tucker said. “It’s not guns that kill people; it’s people that kill people.”

For the record, Shiloh Brew and Chew is not a bar. “Brew” in this case means coffee, Floyd said.

“But after I made a $3,000 sign and paid for it, I realized that was not a good marketing idea,” she added with a chuckle.

Tom Tillison


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