A Chuck E. Cheese’s in Kentucky informed an off-duty officer that she was not allowed into the establishment with her firearm.
A police officer was asked to leave the Chuck E. Cheese’s located inside the Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green, Kentucky after entering the kid-friendly restaurant with a firearm.
News of this incident has spread nationwide and left people outraged, including a sheriff from a neighboring county.
“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,” Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told WBKO-TV.
However, the national headquaters claims that the whole incident was a huge misunderstanding and that the “No Guns” policy does not apply to officers in uniform, which should have included the clearly-marked polo that this off-duty officer was wearing.
Regardless of how this particular officer was dressed, Doyle points out that Kentucky State Law permits officers to carry in most places, whether they are on duty or not.
“Kentucky State Law allows us to carry anywhere in the state of Kentucky except for federal buildings and that’s basically the only place,” Doyle said.
Despite Chuck E Cheese’s strict “No Guns” policy, the restaurant has been subjected to shootings, assaults, and attempted rape. Maybe next time they’ll train their managers and employees more thoroughly and reconsider turning away a trained officer.