Gun debate turns nasty for Maine restauranteur - Women's Holsters

Gun debate turns nasty for Maine restauranteur

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PORTLAND, ME (September 25, 2016) — A restauranteur in Falmouth posted a notice on her business Facebook page that no one who owns an AR-15 — or even supports the right to own one — is welcome to dine in her restaurant.

Grace’s owner, Anne Verrill, attached a picture of an AR-15 and wrote: “If you own this gun, or you condone the ownership of this gun for private use, you may no longer enter either of my restaurants, because the only thing I want to teach my children is love.”

“Owning an assault weapon,” she said, “is not something that is biological in nature. It’s a choice — and it’s not just a choice about whether to have a gun. It’s about a very specific kind of gun that was designed for military use.”

'I have spent 12 years, intentionally, not being political on this page,' she said in a Facebook post on the Grace account that has since been deleted.

'Let me be clear, this is not a political issue. This is a human rights issue,' continued Verrill, who also owns Foreside Tavern & Side Bar in Falmouth.

Her post fueled an instantaneous and hostile reaction in a state where controversy over pending gun restrictions are a key point of the upcoming November elections.

In Maine, where hunting and guns are popular, no permits are required to buy a firearm. Guns do not have to be registered, and private sales do not have to be recorded.

The referendum question, if approved, would expand background checks to nearly all private gun sales and transfers. Currently, background checks are limited to purchases through licensed dealers.

Gun-rights advocates argue that Maine has a long history of responsible gun ownership, and that the ballot question would crimp their ability to lend guns to family members and friends for hunting and training.

Verrill quickly deleted her original post because of concerns about the comments. “There were some very crazy ones,” she said. “I took it down so they no longer could use it as their own platform.”

On-line ratings for Grace and the Foreside Tavern in Falmouth plummeted after the post. Fake reservations wreaked havoc and physical threats flooded her phones and social media pages, Verrill said.

‘I knew I might upset some people, but I never could have foreseen what happened.’

How does Verrill know whether a customer owns or supports the ownership of an AR-15?  Inside Grace, Verrill does not ask customers whether or not they own one.  She also acknowledged that some might be carrying concealed weapons, as is allowed under Maine law.  Such firearms would be legally prohibited at Grace if she posted a ban.

Verrill decided against banning concealed weapons, stating, “If they are going to bring a gun into a restaurant, they don’t care if you have a sign outside.”

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Ali Gibson
Ali Gibson

October 18, 2016

Why in the world does she pick on a specific weapon? Are homemade bombs allowed? What about a bow and arrow dipped in poisonous frog secretions? Maybe a bayonet or a bazooka would be okay. Ooh, how about a cannon? Can I come in with a cannon and maybe a couple extra cannon balls? Grenades? I can strut on in with my concealed S&W 500, right? That wouldn’t behave like an AR 15. Is it the specific wound that an AR 15 inflicts that she is opposed to? how about if, instead, 50 people come in with a single shot shot gun and fire in sequence one after the other? Would that be ok? It’s just a silly thing to do and it cost her some crucial customers who were never causing her a problem in the first place. Unless she was almost taken out by a customer wielding one of those specific guns, what is the bloody point? Yes, she has a right to do it, no one questions that. It’s hardly necessary to state the god damned obvious, Einstein.

Mark
Mark

September 28, 2016

She has every right to make a business decision, even if it is poorly thought out. The public has the right to boycott her business because of that stance, there is no need to hate.

Allissa
Allissa

September 28, 2016

I hope this is at least a lesson learned for her. You dont bite the hand that feeds you. Law abiding gun owners pay her bills when they chose to eat there… They not only pay her bills and to support her children, but those “awful AR-15 owners” essentially pay for her restraunt as well. Not only is she an ignorant emotion driven liberal but she’s a terrible business woman as well. Any good business owner would have kept that comment to themselves.

If she’s afraid of guns and gun owners, I suggest she move to a place with strict gun laws, like Chicago. That seems like a pretty loving place!

And to the owner:
Lady, if Maine had a “gun problem” you’d know it… And I can gaurantee you’d want to own a gun, so you could protect your children. Guns don’t commit crimes or pull their own triggers, people do that. Invest the time you took to make signs and facebook posts into doing something constructive like researching how many people who carry concealed weapons stop or prevent crimes vs how many commit crimes. I have a feeling you’ll be surprised ?.

I can imagine that after your followers vote Yes on question 4 and increase minimum wage and phase out the tip credit, that will probably be the nail in the coffin for you. Good luck with your businesses.

Joel Cook
Joel Cook

September 27, 2016

Bigot

Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell

September 27, 2016

She has the right to ban guns if that’s what she wants to do. We, as gun owners or desiring to be gun owners, have the right to not go to her restaurant. Simple. No need for hating. Be the better person folks.

Nicl
Nicl

September 27, 2016

The share buttons cover up the left portion of the article. Very annoying.

Raymond Meyers
Raymond Meyers

September 27, 2016

Badmouthing gun owners isn’t very bright. If you think we’re crazy and dangerous, insults are stupid. If you don’t think we’re crazy and dangerous, why would you say anything at all?

mirgc
mirgc

September 27, 2016

So she first insults people with stereotypes and bigotry. Then acts surprised when insulted people speak up to defend themselves, and acts like a victim. She isn’t very bright.

budd johnson
budd johnson

September 27, 2016

The Libs will whine, sue and jail someone for not baking a wedding cake for a gay wedding, but will do the same thing if it fits the UNCONSTITUTIONAL agenda.

Billy
Billy

September 27, 2016

She has a right to her opinion. the right to own and have firearms , weather she agrees are not we have that right it is not a political issue but an issue of we love our family’s an will protect them, we love our homes and business and will protect them. We lover our country and will protect it as well. When a person decides her beliefs out weights our rights well we have a right to not do business with her. I live in the south so where her ideals do effect every citizen in the USA because it is people like her who would with out thinking twice destroy the Constitution for there own selfish reason of her on fears. A gun is no more dangerous then a car. It is the person that has the (thing) that makes it dangerous or not. We give cars to teenagers everyday. A car holds around 20 gallons of gas, each gallon is equal to 8 sticks of dynamite, most cars weights around 3000lb and can go more then a hundred MPH, that is a missile that could kill countless people, So my point is if you are going to ban things based on how dangerous they are, they cars would have to be at the top of that list. Plus it is a fact that hammers and bats kill more people each years then all riffles each year. These are FBI stats. Again proving that things are just that things, it is the heart and minds of people that make anything dangerous. back to the subject. If a business owner in my area wrote what she did I would never do business with that person or company again that is my right as well.

Margie Rankin
Margie Rankin

September 27, 2016

Irony is, the odds you as a resteraunt owner, you will be robbed! More than likely you’ll be robbed at gunpoint point!!! If you want no guns, only Love; your not in reality! Really? Guns is for PROTECTION!! Protection from bad people..get informed before you make such a biased statement! Do not enter your resteraunt if you OWN an AR-15, really? How friggen STUPIT!!

Scouch
Scouch

September 27, 2016

Her right to post the sign my right not to eat there.

Bruce Robida
Bruce Robida

September 27, 2016

I own an AR15. It is not an assault rifle. I grew up in Maine and I travel there quite regularly. I wouldn’t dream of eating at any of her establishments.

Robin Bracey
Robin Bracey

September 27, 2016

Owning a weapon of any sort does not stop a person from being a loving , kind and considerate person … no more than owning a car, a large bank account or even a eating establishment. She is just dressing up her position to make her look a goody goody. I have an insurance policy but hope I never have to use it, likewise I own other things for sport. If we are given permission to carry WE will, but also with the hope it will not have to be used. But to many of my people have been killed GOING out for a meal ( I may add ) in Paris, or Nice for firework display who were not armed ANY OF THEM. Something is wrong with any society who forbids legal self defence. Of course many anti gun change their minds on legal carry when they get attacked, or worse pick up a phone and request some other person to come risk their lives for their own.

Frederick Huicochea
Frederick Huicochea

September 27, 2016

Are the wutomobiles she owns, is the fuel they burn…are they all biological? My kids have their guns and they love each other and their family, I don’t think owning one is exclusive to the other.

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