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Carolina Ale House prohibits guns in all stores

Carolina Ale House - no guns sign
photo by mt

Recently, a friend supplied a photo of the Gun Ban sign at Carolina Ale House.

This column reached out to Carolina Ale House:

Aug 8, 2014

A friend just attempted to visit your new facility in Knoxville, TN, and informed me that it was posted against firearms carry by lawfully armed permit holders.

Is this a system wide corporate policy, or has the local store done this on their own?

If it is system wide, I urge you to reconsider this policy. Legally armed patrons in Tennessee have not created problem, and can readily find other restaurants nearby that don't have your restriction. Your prohibition means that anyone who would otherwise lawfully carry into your facility, must disarm and be more vulnerable to felonious assault while crossing your lot.

Your policy does not relieve you either, of responsibility for these patrons' safety as they cross your parking lot. See: Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1359.(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter, reduce or eliminate any civil or criminal liability that a property owner or manager may have for injuries arising on their property.

I will publish your answers in my nationally read Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner column.

Thank you,

Liston Matthews
Knoxville, TN

After not receiving a reply for several weeks, another query was sent:

I sent the following message August 8, 2014 to you "Contact Us" site for Carolina Ale House, but no one has answered me yet. As a result, I am writing you.

"copy of Aug 8 email"

​I hope that you will consider the fact that more and more citizens are availing themselves of the ability to carry defensive firearms, and this policy will cause many to avoid your restaurants. ​

This time, a reply was sent:

Hi, Mr. Matthews. Sorry for the delayed response. We wanted our legal team to look into Tennessee code you referred to in your initial email.

The no weapons policy is company-wide. We have had lots of discussion around the issue and concluded that our main priority is the comfort, safety and enjoyment of our Guests. Therefore, we have elected to exercise our right to prohibit the carrying of firearms in all of our family-owned restaurants.

I understand your frustration and welcome your feedback. Carolina Ale House respects the right of all individuals to carry firearms, however, our concept is committed to creating a family-friendly environment.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but believe that this position is in the best interest of our Guests and our Team Members.


Mindy Stroupe on behalf of

LM Restaurants, Inc.

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Mindy Stroupe
Corporate Communications Manager
LM Restaurants, Inc.
919.851.0858 (office)

Since Carolina Ale House appears from their reply to equate "unarmed and helpless" with "family friendly", we have three choices:

  1. we can just not go there any more,
  2. we can disarm before going there,
  3. or we can attempt to convince them to change their policies.

Readers are encouraged to courteously share their thoughts with Ms. Stroupe at the email address above.


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