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What is Waffle House’s Gun Policy?

Waffle House Gun Policy

Following this Sunday morning's shooting at a Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House many people are wondering if they will be able to defend themselves should another of these establishments be attacked. Well today we are going to take a look at Waffle House's gun policy to see just how you are allowed to defend yourselves once entering their restaurants.


For those of you who haven't heard the story, early Sunday morning a gunman, Travis Reinking entered a Nashville Waffle House and proceeded to open fire with an AR-15 that he was carrying. The carnage was quick and vicious and sadly ended with the shooting of six people and the deaths of four of those innocent civilians.

It took the actions of an unarmed man, 29-year-old James Shaw to wrestle the gun away from Reinking's hands before the shooter ran off into the night. At the time of writing this article Travis Reinking still has not been captured and anyone who has information about him is urged to call the Nashville Police Department at (615) 862-8600.


Now, as morbid as this may sound, this tragedy could have been avoided if Waffle House's stance on firearms was more in line with our founding fathers. If you look at the facts, Waffle House is a predominantly Southern company, rife with locations in the bible belt and more traditionally conservative America. What does that mean? More law-abiding gun owners.

Unfortunately Waffle House has a history of being an anti-gun company. In an interview with Second Amendment Check, a member of Waffle House's corporate office said to them that the company did not agree with citizen's second amendment rights within their restaurants.

She told us they ban firearms in every location, except for law enforcement.  She believes all locations are posted as gun free zones.”

And if that is not enough, in 2015 a Kentucky Waffle House refused to serve an armed National Guardsman in one of their establishments.

How much easier would it have been to stop this senseless massacre if it didn't take an unarmed hero to risk his life to lunge for the gun and rather have a room full of well armed citizens ready with their firearms to handle the situation? Unfortunately we will never know.

What do you think of this story? Do you feel this situation would have been better handled if it didn't take someone with no gun to defend the restaurant? Let us know in the comments below.

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15 Responses to What is Waffle House’s Gun Policy?

  1. Jay Lacson April 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    I do not care if a private business doesn’t allow the carry of a concealed firearm. Here in Florida it is not against state law to carry a firearm in those so called ‘Gun Free Zone’ businesses so I carry away. With that said if the business some how has x-ray vision and sees my firearm, they ask me to leave than I will leave with a smile on my face. I strongly feel as long as I am following Florida state statute I will carry as may concealed firearms inside a Waffle House and eat as many waffles as I want.

    • Jordan Mamrak November 5, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      What about States like Ohio where a “NO CARRY” sign isn’t merely a suggestion. It’s a law that carries a punishment. I live in Ky so I can carry in posted no carry zones (with exceptions). But we need to fight for rights of others in other states. Every American deserves CCW everywhere in any state any time.

  2. Darkwing April 24, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    As I have always said: Vote with your dollars. I live in western North Carolina, I have informed many businesses that I will not do business with them because of a no gun policy. I do not show my gun. Just tell them and a lot of people I know.

  3. Albert April 24, 2018 at 8:24 am #

    Waffle House will NEVER see my ass walk thru their door. “Gun Free Zone” = KILLING FIELD…..

  4. J. H. Wolf April 24, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    I have always thought that a company that bans guns on the location implies that it will protect those people that can no longer protect themselves. I hope some lawyer will use this idea to help those persons and families harmed in this attack.

    • Richard September 5, 2019 at 7:37 am #

      I live in north Georgia and eat at a lot of waffle houses and none of them are marked gun free zones so I will continue to eat and carry there

  5. Louisiana CCW American April 24, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    Hey, check out the attempted robbery of a Waffle House in New Orleans just a few days ago and you’ll see how things change when a Responsible Armed American with his CCW is present. The anti-gun liberals will surely hate to hear about this. I’m with Darkwing, if I ever go into a Waffle House, my CCW will always be with me. Da!

  6. Louisiana CCW American April 24, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    Here is what the workers said after the attempted robbery at the Waffle House in New Orleans on April 19, 2018…………………
    At that point, worker said a customer standing behind him pulled out his own gun.

    “Just by the grace of God, a good Samaritan who had a concealed weapon permit, who was standing behind me, scared them off,” the worker said.

    Late Friday afternoon, police confirmed that one of the suspected robbers had been shot several times and remained in the hospital.

    Armed American CCW – 1, low life robber 0 !!!!!! Perfect example of what CCW is all about.

  7. Joseph Shahoud April 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    This article is quite intriguing to me, because I never knew Waffle House had such a stance on concealed firearms in their establishments. I say this because I am in South Carolina and eat a Waffle House locations all throughout the state and I have never seen one with a sign prohibiting firearms on premises. So, as long as that is the case, I imagine I’ll keep eating there, but as soon as I see one sign go up, I’ll never step foot in one again.

    • Jeremy Elkins May 11, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

      I have eaten at a brand new location near my house now many times since they opened late last year. Ironically, today, they asked me if I was law enforcement. When I told them no, they said they have a no guns policy. This, after the multiple times I’ve come in there. When I told the waitress I didn’t see any sign anywhere, they showed me this sign that was 20 feet from the door (outside) on the other end of the building.
      She then tried to explain what there had been a shooting. I told her that I knew about the shooting and if that was going to be WH’s policy….expect many more senseless shootings. I told our usual waitress who stood off to the side, “take care, Sweetie. I don’t envy you doin night shifts in a potential killing box.” Foolish policy.

  8. Dale Lowdermilk April 27, 2018 at 2:32 am #

    Worth watching

    Worth reading

  9. Dale Lowdermilk April 27, 2018 at 2:32 am #


    Excellent comments!

  10. Dale Lowdermilk, Founder NOTSAFE(dot)ORG May 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    Correction to “links” mentioned above..

    June 17, 2004—Fayettteville, NC

    January 21, 2012 Spartanburg, SC

    July 15, 2012 Charleston, SC (but customer carrying CCW illegally saved lives)

    July 29, 2013—Fulton County, GA (Atlanta) but ROBBER is shot by off-duty cop carrying concealed gun.

    November 3, 2013—Lexington, KY

    November 30, 2015—Biloxi, MS (argument over smoking policy)

    August 1, 2016—Charleston, SC

    July 19, 2017—Chester, SC

    Nov 21, 2017 A comedian RANT about Waffle H goes Viral—inspires violence

    Jan 9, 2018—Columbia, MO

    Mar 7, 2018—Norfolk, VA

    Mar 17 2018—Crestview, FL

    April 26, 2018—Valley, AL

    My “theory” is that MILK CAUSES CRIME Abstract

  11. That Guy May 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

    There are no 30.06 or 30.07 signs on the Waffle Houses in Texas.

  12. Mike September 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    I live in an OPEN CARRY state, and while I have had occasion to carry my sidearm in a few Waffle House locations, without incident, I have discontinued my patronage of this company for their anti-gun stance. In spite of the nearest location being only six miles from where I live, adjacent to a Wal-Mart that I frequently carry my sidearm in.

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