DURHAM, N.C. – An armed robbery at a North Carolina barbecue restaurant with a “no weapons, no concealed firearms” sign on the front door is drawing the attention of gun rights advocates who oppose the policy, according to Foxnews.com.
WTVD-TV reported that police are searching for three suspects involved in an armed robbery at Durham’s newly-opened barbecue restaurant, The Pit Authentic Barbecue.
Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members on the floor.
Officials said the suspects assaulted two employees during the crime, but they were not seriously injured.
Owner Greg Hatem also said there were a few patrons in the dining room while the robbery was happening in the kitchen area. Workers were able to ask them to leave, and got them out safely through the front door.
“We’re offering $2,000 for the arrest and conviction of these guys,” Hatem said. “We take this very seriously. We want to make sure our guests and our staff are taken care of.”
The irony of a gunpoint holdup at a “no weapons” restaurant was not lost on the NC Gun Blog.
“I am very glad that no one was seriously injured. But everyone involved needs to face one very important fact. They were not murdered only because the robbers did not decide to kill them. The robbers had all the power. No one could resist them. Why? Because the owner of The Pit Authentic Barbecue has banned guns in his restaurant,” wrote the NC Gun Blog.
Similar sentiments showed up on The Pit’s Facebook page.
“What a shame those robbers didn’t obey your no guns allowed signs,” was one comment. “Ha Ha…YOU GOT ROBBED. So much for a gun-free zone,” was another.