A corporate headquarters spokesperson for Ruby Tuesday Restaurants told KnoxViews that the company has not issued a formal statement on recent legislation to allow handguns in Tennessee restaurants and bars, but that the company has no plans to change existing policies or to prohibit guests with permits from carrying handguns in their restaurants as long as they are complying with state law.
He said the issue will likely affect bars more than restaurants, and that in Ruby Tuesday's experience very few guests bring weapons to their restaurants where it is allowed. He said there are no plans to refuse service to guests legally carrying weapons or to attempt to determine if a guest is doing so. He also noted that guest safety is a top priority, and that management and staff are trained to take swift action to resolve potential threats. He also noted that the company has procedures in place to monitor alcohol consumption and management and servers are trained to avoid over serving.
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