June 26, 2016

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Dickey’s customers: We back decision to bar gun group

Lunchtime customers at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Friday said they supported the restaurant’s decision to not allow “open carry” firearms advocates to gather at the restaurant before beginning a demonstration along the city’s North Court Street retail district.

“It’s stupid when people parade around with big weapons,” said Montville Township resident Andy Shelton, who was dining at the restaurant Friday afternoon. “What are you going to run into in Medina where you would need that kind of fire power?”

Shelton said he supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms and is a member of the National Rife Association. But he said the “open carry” firearm advocacy groups are “pushing too hard” with their demonstrations.

“I think these gun marches hurt the Second Amendment more because it makes people paranoid, and then they push legislation even further,” he said.

The “open carry” demonstration was scheduled for 1 p.m. today outside the restaurant, 960 N. Court St. A group of 20 to 30 people carrying firearms planned to gather at the restaurant before walking down North Court Street.

Resident Don Roberts, a regular customer at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, said he is concerned about the possibility of an accident involving a gun.

“If I’m by myself just having a lunch break and if it’s a holstered gun and they’re handling it safely, then I wouldn’t really mind,” he said. “That being said, I have a 2-year-old daughter and I wouldn’t want guns around her.”

Roberts said if there was a playground next door to the restaurant, he would be more concerned about an “open carry” demonstration.

A male customer and a co-worker, who asked not to be named, both said there was no need to carry firearms in a demonstration.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.

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Katie Anderson covers Medina County government and the city of Wadsworth. She has been with The Gazette since July 2014. Contact her at (330) 721-4012 or via email at kanderson@medina-gazette.com.