Shock: Restaurant With “Gun-Free Zone” Sign Gets Robbed at Gunpoint

Just the other day, I wrote about how Chipotle was moving in the direction of making their establishments gun-free zones. They’re still in the “respectfully requesting” stage of asking their gun-owning customers to leave their guns at home.

Well, here’s a barbecue establishment in Durham, North Carolina that was very open about barring anyone with weapons, even concealed ones. The sign read, “No Weapons” and then had three depictions, one of the State Capitol, one of the State Legislative Building, and one of the restaurant. Underneath the three images read:  “No Concealed Firearms.” I guess the owner’s point was that if those government buildings can ban guns, then why shouldn’t he be allowed to ban them also?

At any rate, they got robbed by three men in hoodies:

Police are searching for three suspects involved in an armed robbery at Durham’s newly-opened barbecue restaurant, The Pit, at 321 W. Geer Street.

Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor.

The bandits assaulted two employees during the crime, but they were not seriously injured.

“They’re doing great,” restaurant owner Greg Hatem said. “One of them actually went to the hospital and was released. They took a good look at him, he’s fine.”

Hatem also said there were a few patrons in the dining room while the robbery was happening in the kitchen area. Workers were able to ask them to leave, and got them out safely through the front door.

“We’re offering $2,000 for the arrest and conviction of these guys,” Hatem said. “We take this very seriously. We want to make sure our guests and our staff are taken care of.”

All that sign did was to let criminals know that they’d be able to do whatever they wanted with no opposition or chance of someone else fighting back. These three robbers had guns. The best that anyone else in that kitchen had was probably a knife, and you know what they say about bringing a knife to a gun fight.

H/t:  Liberty Crier and An NC Gun Blog