Nick Crawford of Omaha said all his group wanted to do was go to a restaurant, eat steaks and leave. Crawford is with Nebraska Open Carry, a group that supports not concealing weapons they are carrying. He says he first called the Texas Roadhouse in Papillion to get their permission and was given the green light but then anti-gun groups got word and started making calls.
Crawford says Nebraskans Against Gun Violence made calls to the restaurant’s corporate office and several other groups. He says that is when they were told they would not be welcome if they openly carrying weapons.
Crawford says the last thing the group wanted was to cause a problem for the restaurant and he told the manager if this became a big deal they would call it off. That is exactly what happened. He says he didn’t expect this request to get this much attention. He says Nebraska Open Carry received many negative comments about their request but Second Amendment supporters have also stepped forward and back the group.
Crawford says from now on the group will gather at Nettie’s Fine Mexican Food in Bellevue where openly carrying firearms is permitted.