Mr. Avery and Mr. Allen:
I sent the following to Mr. Ruberto yesterday:
It has come to the attention of members of Defensecarry.com - defensecarry Resources and Information.
that you have indicated, based on an inquiry from Tennessee, that you do not permit concealed carry in your establishment.
Sir, I have lived in Florida and carried since 2000. I have eaten in your establishment. As far as I know, since 1987 no person with a concealed carry permit valid in Florida (from Florida or the other 32 states that permit concealed carry and have reciprocity with Florida) has shot up an Outback Steak House. There are no signs here (and would be invalid any way), and the only limitation is that you can not sit and drink at the bar. You can eat and drink in the dining area.
If this is your national rule, or just something dreamed up for Tennessee - given the gunfire in the streets issue that always seems to pop up when law-abiding people have the ability to carry concealed. Trust me, robbers would not pay any attention to your signs of NO GUNS ALLOWED.
What follows is what appears to be a canned response. He indicates that it is some sort of corporate policy, which seems to be not true anywhere else in the country where you can take a concealed carry weapon into an eatery that also serves alcohol. I assume that you, since your headquarters is in Tampa, you have a better idea on the problem than he has in Nashville. As far as anybody has indicated on Defensecarry.com - defensecarry Resources and Information.
, this policy is not followed anywhere else.
Could you please look into this, and either confirm the policy, or enlighten Mr. Ruberto of the experience of other states that OSI Restaurant Partners LLC (Outback Steakhouse, Carrabha's, Bonefish Grill, Fleming's and Roy's), especially Florida.
From: Joe Ruberto - JVP 0031 <JosephRuberto@outback.com>
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 18
Subject: Outback Steakhouse
Thread-Topic: Outback Steakhouse
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Dear Mr. Foster;
Thank you for your recent email concerning the newly passed gun law in the State of Tennessee. While we respect the right of all citizens to bear arms, it is our decision to not allow people to do so in our restaurants. This is a corporate decision. We are not disrespectful of the rights of gun owners, we merely want all of our guests to feel welcomed and safe, and frankly see no need for guns to be brought into restaurants.
Please feel free to call me if there are any additional concerns or questions.
We look forward to seeing you soon.