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Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill bans guns

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WJLA) - A new restaurant in Virginia is generating controversy after posting a sign on its front door that says "no guns permitted."

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill recently opened at Potomac Town Center and the small sign has unleashed a big debate.

“A gun does not belong in a bar. People get stupid,” says Kathy Schuster of Woodbridge.

“More and more they’re taking freedoms from people,” says Laura Curran of New Hampshire.

“I’m kind of disappointed, considering the name on there,” says Ed McQueen of Woodbridge.

By law, Virginia residents can carry a gun without a license, but police say the "no guns" sign at a private business supersedes that law.

“Do I feel more secure having a drink with no guns around? Sure,” says Tom Jacobs of Hawaii.

This is not the first restaurant or bar in Virginia to have a "no guns" sign, but since this one has the name Toby Keith attached to it, it has some people upset.

People have taken to Facebook to express their feelings.

Toby Keith does not own the restaurant chain, but he’s performed at National Rifle Association events, has supported gun events and has written songs about guns.

Some fans are now puzzled. 

“It’s kind of not telling us exactly what is his true belief in this,” says Linda Mills of Woodbridge.

On Facebook, the restaurant says, "We at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provide a safe, enjoyable, and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.”

“I don’t think you have to be against guns to not want them in your restaurant,” says Judy Peacock of Dale City.

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