- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2015

A Chuck E. Cheese in Kentucky is facing backlash after an armed police officer was denied entry over her service weapon.

The family restaurant chain’s national headquarters said the entire situation is a misunderstanding after the officer, wearing a marked police polo shirt, was denied service at its Bowling Green location because of her gun. The company explains that their no-guns policy does not apply to uniformed officers, a local ABC affiliate reported.

“Our firearms policy does not apply to officers in uniform. We do have a firearms policy for civilians and off-duty non-uniformed officers, but officers in uniform are always welcome to bring in their firearms,” said Chuck E. Cheese’s headquarters Public Relations Chair Alexis Lynn.

Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle came to the officer’s defense Friday, saying a marked polo shirt is an official uniform and that Kentucky State Law allows officers to carry their weapon always, whether they’re on duty or not.

“I was upset, I was shocked for that officer and also for all the patrons there because you know if you have an obvious police officer and they’re wearing police clothing, then I don’t understand what the problem would be having someone like that with the training and experience of a police officer into an establishment,” Sheriff Doyle said, ABC reported.



“I’ve seen Bowling Green officers in polos many times in my history working in law enforcement, and obviously I recognize that person as a sworn employee,” he said, adding, “Kentucky state law allows us to carry anywhere in the state of Kentucky except for federal buildings and that’s basically the only place.”

However, Sheriff Doyle said he accepted Chuck E. Cheese’s explanation of the situation and will not boycott.

“Chuck E. Cheese’s is a great establishment, been around a long time and like I said my family we go to Chuck E. Cheese’s on a regular basis and I’m not going to say I’m never going to go since they’ve corrected this issue and they’ve come out with what their actual policy is, that’s fine I’m not going to boycott that restaurant,” he told ABC. “But everybody needs to be aware of what the laws are and everybody needs to understand that somebody who is trained and qualified to carry a weapon, they’re there to help people.”

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