Belleville, IL Cops Boycott Denny’s

It’s not exactly news that gun owners have a tough row to hoe in the Land of Lincoln. But cops, too? bnd.com reports that “Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said five on-duty detectives were eating about 10 a.m. Tuesday when restaurant manager David Rice approached and advised a female detective that she needed to take her weapon, which was visible to patrons, out to her car or leave the restaurant.” Funny, most restaurants like to see the local constables come in for a meal. Keeps the riff raff out ensures an air of domestic tranquility. Not Denny’s, though . . .

Not the one at 1130 South Illinois Street, anyway.

A spokeswoman for Denny’s Corp. Liz DiTrapano said in response to a concern raised by a guest about a customer with a firearm, the manager approached the individual and communicated that Denny’s policy does not permit firearms in the restaurant.

Got that? Denny’s are gun free zones. Firearm muggles only. Period. Those who Protect and Serve included. As that word came down from Denny’s corporate, concealed carriers and police officers nationwide would seem to be equally unwelcome.

That policy’s not sitting well with Belleville’s boys in blue. Chief William Clay’s banned all on-duty officers from eating there, which should cut into local gastroenterologists’ income streams, too. And since most cops are required to carry pretty much 24/7, we’re guessing there won’t be many off-duty officers digging into plates of Moons of My Hammy, either.

But Chief Clay wants to reassure the greasy spoon that any 911 calls will be answered.

Calls for service by Denny’s will continue to receive the appropriate law enforcement response from the Belleville Police Department, Clay said.

Uh huh. And squad cars will appropriately mind all speed limits, traffic signs, crosswalks, railroad crossing and treed kittens on their way. You be careful out there Mr. Rice. [h/t Mark C.]