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"No guns allowed" sign stirs controversy

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Buffalo Wild Wings opened its doors Labor Day weekend in Coeur d'Alene, and on the door is a sign that reads; "Buffalo Wild Wings inc, Bans Guns On These Premises." 

The sign was met with a mix of responses from people in the area with some, like Dave Allbrook.

"I'm okay with that, I think it depends on the owners of the restaurant, whether or not they want to do that," Allbrook said. 

Others were less supportive of the rule.

"Citizens don't have the right to do anything and the crime is just terrible. I think you should have the right to have a gun anywhere," Scott Warner said.

In the State of Idaho private businesses have the right to decide whether or not they allow guns on their property. Golden Corral, which shares the same parking lot as Buffalo Wild Wings allows customers to bring their firearms inside. 

Buffalo Wild Wings Regional Manager Jay Dowed says the company supports the second amendment but they want to foster a safe environment for all patrons. 

"We serve alcohol and sometimes those two things don't mix," said Dowed. 

In Idaho there are only a few places people cannot carry guns if they have a permit. Those include a number of federal buildings like courthouses and other places like schools. Lieutenant Stu Miller with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said Idaho is one of only a few states that has strict laws protecting gun owners, and prevents cities from enacting further restrictions on the right to carry firearms. 

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