Armed Soldier in Uniform Refused Service at Waffle House

Armed Soldier Asked to Leave His Gun Outside or He Won’t Be Served

Billy Welch was having breakfast at Nicholasville Waffle House in Kentucky early Sunday Morning. After ordering he was motioned over by the waitress who was accompanied by the manager, according to Lex 18 News.

“I got up and I walked over to them, asked them how they were doing and stuff, and they said I’d have to take my firearm outside,” said Welch to Lex 18 News. “I don’t feel comfortable taking my firearm away from me. I always keep it with me and they said, ‘it’s one of our policies.’”

Welch said he really didn’t give it much thought after that, they asked him to disarm and he refused so he left.

cloak tuck 3.0“You know, if I can’t have my firearm, then I can’t be here,” said Welch. “I walked inside to the other waitress. I said, ‘thank you, but no thank you ma’am. I’m gonna have to leave.'”

Afterwards Welch started hearing from people and organizations all over the country as one witness had taken the story to Facebook.

“I have a bunch of family members and friends who have been active military and in the military and retired and it hurts my feelings when people disrespect them,” said Micaela Shaw, who was sitting in a booth nearby. “I just wanted to stand up for him.”

Her post quickly went viral.

The owner of the Nicholasville Waffle House made this statement, “For many years we have had a “No Firearms” police in place in our restaurants. We continue to believe this is the best police for the safety of our customers and associates.”

Our service members deserve much more than this, they have become targets as we have seen in recent attacks such as the recent Chattanooga attack. To ask and armed soldier, to disarm himself and leave his weapon in his vehicle is like asking an armed police officer to disarm before entering the restaurant.

Author: Annie Stonebreaker

Annie is attending North Idaho College for a degree in journalism and is enjoying writing about everything guns for Defend and Carry. She finds our right to bear arms imperative and can get quite spicy on the topic. In her spare time she loves reading, playing outdoors, any water activities, eating sweet treats, eating in general, playing music or spending time with her Fiance, and being surrounded by good friends, conversation and laughter.

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  • snakedoctor

    No budget for proof reading?

  • Jim Allen

    I haven’t eaten at a Waffle House for years…..took a bite of a fried roach in my waffle on my last visit.

  • MrGuy

    I want to eat at that Waffle House because I know now that criminals will never try to commit a crime in there. After all, they can’t carry their firearms in!

  • ThePoet Darkling

    Does their policy also apply to LEO’s??? “Sorry, officer, but you’ll have to leave your gun outside.”

  • Jeremy Walls

    Then you shouldn’t allow Police officers!!!!

    • Jeff Smith

      I am active duty military and think this is so dumb. If there policy is no guns then dont bring your gun in there or eat somewhere else. This guy was probably just trying to start crap. If his intent was to have it for his saftey instead of attention then he would have it concealed so he wasnt the first target.

  • Joe Catalini

    Well I’m not sure what the policy is but myself personally have eaten at waffle house in van buren ar, both manager and waitress seen my weapon in open carry and pleasantly served me with never a comment about my weapon carried openly.also this was in the last

    months I have been there

    times.always with my weapon.

  • Ncrdbl1

    Such stories which are misleading does more to hurt 2nd amendment rights than any liberal organization. We cannot protect our 2nd amendment rights by denying others their rights. Defend and Carry has just given anti 2nd amendment groups a semi truck full of ammo to use against pro 2nd amendment movement. The media will pick up on this misleading story and use it against legitimate 2nd amendment groups.

  • Lee Clark

    I’ve been out of the army since

    and maybe I’m missing something but when is a soldier able to carry a weapon in uniform if he isn’t deployed?


      He wasn’t in Uniform ! Did you watch video ^ ?

      • Lee Clark

        I didn’t see a video it only let me see the article and the misleading title. Makes sense now!

      • Drinkinstien

        Did you watch the video? At

        seconds the reporter said he was wearing his military uniform with his gun by his side. So I am curious also because I didn’t think you could carry a firearm while in uniform unless you were on duty with a MOS that required you to do so.


          He’s wearing a blue plaid shirt now in what branch of military is that uniform ?

          • Sho Rembo

            So the person that posted about this, who didn’t know him, knew he was military how exactly?

          • ƙƦяązɻεﯼ

            S’wat I sed/thought…


    Not a big deal,untuck your shirt, he was not in uniform in this video ! Or better yet don’t eat at over priced Awful Waffle House !

  • ƙƦяązɻεﯼ

    Be better if its hidden then she’ll NEVER KNOW its coming huh? How’d she know he carried? She wouldn’t know if he was military lest he stated that, then I personally would feel protected more so, then if I didn’t know if one carried & the intention was ill fated. “No Firearms” police in place in our restaurants.<= that makes NO SENSE! wth? And if he wasn't on active duty (what are the Kentucky laws?) then is he legal to carry?

    If another who was low & had a hidden weapon guess what we'd have for PROtection via PERfection? HIM! CITIZENS LIKE Billy Welch…who else would be able to that waitress & her staff? The costumers would shit themselves, we'd all be defenseless against these morons who act out on their fken delusions wanting 2b a wannabee baddazz nutting! And then end no one wins regardless esp. being defenseless…wtf's wrong w/Americans ….Oh, they dumbed down w/the BS propaganda that wants us all powerless & defenseless as well as political incorrectness! If one wants to kill yuh they'd cut u up w/paper cuts if need be…rather be shot then sword, hammer,bat,brick i.e but not B'cuz a dumbazz restaurant/business owner/s i.e. aren't up w/the program of self defense/self will
    ( A universal law) however is ok'ing the the krazy masses of culture shock & a few 1000's yrs behind…and/or thinking we all act out movies/TV/Media like action figures ego morons that wish they'd didn't afterwards & experiencing the worst feeling they could never take back but want to even more then…acting out imaginative delusions is thoughts best kept w/out actions, never hearing we told ya so, u knew better etc…and now the returns are

    x's paybacks to the dumbazzes who aways knew the facts. NO