La. Restaurant Offers 10% Discount for Gun Toters
Guns don't kill people, they give you 10 percent off your Cajun sausage order. At least when you visit Louisiana-based Bergeron's Boudin and Cajun Meats, that is.
This local eatery started giving armed customers 10 percent off their orders a few weeks ago, and according to Port Allen's WVLA-TV, it's been "a hit." Kevin Cox, Bergeron's owner, is bucking the trend of private businesses barring guns by welcoming those who slap iron to a discounted meal.
Does Cox have the right idea with his gun-toting discount?
Legal Guns for Tender Vittles
Cox's idea for giving armed patrons a discount was born out of his gratitude for law enforcement. According to WVLA, he wanted to thank the cops who visited his restaurant (who were presumably armed), but gun-toting civilians soon asked for the discount too. And Cox was happy to oblige them.
Louisiana has relatively few restrictions on legal gun ownership as compared to other states, and both concealed and open carrying of a firearm are legal in most places in the state. Unless you have felony drug or violent crime convictions, odds are you can probably own a gun in the Bayou State.
Bergeron's is also not one of the types of places where Louisiana won't allow concealed firearms (polling places, courtrooms, schools, etc.), and Cox could even apply for a liquor license and start giving discounts on beers to armed patrons. Cox maintains that it makes his restaurant a safer place when more patrons are armed. Patron Olivia Carambat told WVLA that Bergeron's customers are "not defenseless" if someone "walked in here with a gun and wanted to hurt [them]."
Possible Barriers to Gun Discount
Although Cox seems to have leveraged his pro-gun stance into a media blitz about a mild discount for gun-toters, there are a few legal things your business should remember:
- Each state regulates where guns can go. Restaurants aren't usually on the "prohibited" list but bars tend to be, so check your state's laws.
- Guns are typically only legal with a permit. You may consider offering a discount only with proof of a concealed carry permit -- much like showing proof for a student or elderly discount.
- You can easily say "no" to guns. In even the most gun-friendly states, a "no guns" policy by a private business is likely legally enforceable.
Consider also how much you want hungry (and potentially disgruntled) patrons to be armed.
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