'No weapons' sign at restaurant draws fire after armed robbery

An armed robbery at a North Carolina barbecue restaurant with a “no weapons, no concealed firearms” sign on the front door is drawing the attention of gun rights advocates who oppose the policy.

Three armed men in hoodies burst into The Pit Authentic Barbecue restaurant in Durham just before closing May 18 and demanded access to the safe, the Durham Herald-Sun reported.  The robbers, who came in through a back door and left the same way, made off with a small cash box after assaulting two employees, who were not seriously injured. As the robbery unfolded, about 20 customers were ushered to safety through the front entrance.

The irony of a gunpoint holdup at a “no weapons” restaurant was not lost on the NC Gun Blog, which commented: “I am very glad that no one was seriously injured. But everyone involved needs to face one very important fact. They were not murdered only because the robbers did not decide to kill them. The robbers had all the power. No one could resist them. Why? Because the owner of The Pit Authentic Barbecue has banned guns in his restaurant.”

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