Outback Steakhouse on Peters Road in Knoxville was not posted today! This marks an apparently stealthy change of policy by Outback.
Outback was reported to be posted back in 2009, when a friend received this email from a corporate executive:
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 12:59 PM
Subject: FW: Outback Steakhouse
Dear Mr. XXX,
Joe Roberto forwarded your e-mail to me for response. The e-mail Joe sent you accurately states our policy and it is a corporate policy, not a local one.
We have had this policy for some time since one or two other states passed laws similar to Tennessee's recently passed law.
We recognize the conflict of interests between customers who want to bring their guns into the restaurant and other customers who are made uncomfortable by that. I understand you would reach a different conclusion, but hope that although you disagree with our conclusion you can respect the fact that we gave this issue serious consideration.
Executive Vice President
Today, this writer visited Outback, and could find no posting signage on or near the front door. Here's hoping that Outback has joined Mast General Store, and changed their policy regarding lawful handgun carry.
As always, it is up to you to know before you go. Always be on the lookout for posted signs, and know where carry is prohibited. One resource for this information is HandgunLaw.us.
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