Restaurant sign declaring ‘guns are welcome’ sparks heated debate

The Kansas restaurant has sparked the heated debate on social media right after posting a picture to its Facebook web page stating, “ weapons are welcome on our premises. ”

On Saturday morning, Riverside Restaurant in Wichita, Kans., posted an image of a grey-and-white handgun with a eco-friendly circle around it underneath the announcement that guns are welcome. The was captioned, “ We completely support the 2nd amendment. ”


Since it went on Facebook, the response has been fast with more than 550 reactions and countless comments both praising and criticizing the stance.

“ I’ ll maintain regularly. Thanks for your public support from the 2nd amendment, ” one person in support of the sign wrote.

“ I’ meters not in Wichita anymore. Yet this post is awesome, bold and worth recognition for the simple fact that there’ s a RIGHT to bear arms so you support that right! Next time I’ m in town, I’ ll make sure to Stop by and support your Business! ” user Danielle Welch commented.

While Dab McCleave wrote, “Scratch one more office off my list of places I am going to choose to spend my money. inch

“ Kansas laws allow gun-toting without permits nor training. Often without background check! Sorry, will no longer be considered a customer, ” another critical from the post wrote on Facebook.

Owner John Cohlmia was unaware of the responses on social media, telling The Wichita Skull cap he has someone new controlling his social media and did not understand the post went up. However , as soon as made aware of the comments, Cohlmia began responding and defending his plan.

“Have already been broken in to 16 times, plus robbed 3 time with a cutlery to my face, ” Cohlmia published on Facebook.

Cohlmia also pointed out that exactly the same sign has been hanging in the front side window of the café for the past twelve years — and will likely stay there after his experiences along with robberies.

“I just don’t want to be several, ” he said to The Wichita Eagle. “I don’t want to be for the reason that situation ever again. It is scary, plus everybody wants to give their two pennies, but when it comes down to being swindled, it’s a whole different story. ”

He informed the publication most of the Facebook responses have been fine, but some have been distressing.

“But some of it is just flat out telling myself I’m a bigot, and they how to start me, ” he said. “I have all kinds of friends of all types of religions. I’m not going to prove that will to anybody, but the proof is within the pudding. I can deal with plenty of stuff, and you can’t fight everyone. ”


In Kansas, anyone 21 years and old who legally owns a gun can conceal carry without a allow under the Kansas Personal and Family Safety Act . Though certain institutions may ban those carrying guns from entering.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer plus editor for Fox News.