Wichita restaurant’s Facebook post sparks tense debate about diners carrying guns

A Riverside restaurant stirred up a passionate — and sometimes ugly — social media debate on Saturday with a Facebook post that announced "guns are welcome on our premises." The post , which sparked dozens of comments from customers on both sides of the gun debate, had people all weekend vowing to either increase their visits to Riverside Cafe — or to never set foot in the restaurant again. It also highlighted a divide between diners who say they feel safer when people nearby are armed and those who are alarmed by the sight of a stranger packing while dining. The post, which went up at 8:41 a.m. on Saturday, included a picture of a handgun with a green circle around it. "Guns are welcome on our premises," the sign said. The text that accompanied the post said, "We fully support the Second Amendment." Today’s top news by email The local news you need to start your day Recaptcha requires verification. I’m not a robot reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms The same sign hangs in the front window of the cafe. In Kansas, anyone 21 years and older who can legally own a firearm can carry one without a permit . Owner Paul Cohlmia said that he has someone new managing his social media and was unaware of the post until people alerted him to it on Saturday. Cohlmia eventually posted as Riverside Cafe, saying, "Have been broken in to 16 times, and robbed 3 time with a knife to […]

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