Gun carriers celebrate new law in Henrico

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - O'Charley's in Henrico, was packed with people carrying guns a number of them concealed. The Virginia Citizen's Defense League held similar gatherings Thursday night, in restaurants throughout the Commonwealth.

"You probably don't know it but I'm also carrying a concealed weapon because I can," said VCDL member Dale Welch.

Welch pointed to his concealed weapon and showed us his permit, but he wasn't the only one toting a gun. About 80 members were expected to attend.

"There are a lot of people with concealed hand gun permits that feel more comfortable with it being concealed," said VCDL Director, Dennis O'Connor.

But those packing heat, can not be served alcohol -- so how's a bartender to know? And how will the new law change the way businesses deal with customers?

"We're going through right now what our policy is going to be on serving a customer, unfortunately it's concealed and we might not even be aware of it," said bartender, Chad Sumner.

Like many restaurants, HomeTeam Grill had a plan in motion but nothing set. We asked the manager what she knew before we interviewed her.

Honestly not much at all, I talked to all my staff as well, there aren't really much of my staff members who really knew anything about it at all," said manager, Deanna Collins. But Collins assured us they will do the research and develop a policy.

"HomeTeam is always law abiding we're going to follow this just as we did the smoking ban," said Manager.

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