Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Open Carry Restaurant in Utah hits Snag with Liberal Landlords

The Sea Bears Ogden Fish House has become prosperous as a restaurant that welcomes and practises the open carry of firearms.  They have done so well they needed to move to a larger venue.  That venue was Union Station in Ogden.

There are four museums at the station. One is the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, another is the Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, a third is the Browning Classic Car Museum, and the fourth is the Utah State Railroad Museum.  It seems like a good fit. From standard.net:
For more than a year now, owners, employees and patrons of the restaurant at 2550 Washington Blvd. have been invited to open-carry the firearm of their choice in the establishment. But with the recent announcement Sea Bears is relocating to the former site of Union Grill, Ogden’s Union Station officials now say they won’t permit openly carrying a gun there.
The Secretary of the Union Station Foundation, who did not negotiate the contract, said that several specifics were agreed to, including that owners and servers could only carry weapons if they had training, if they were in holsters, and if they were no more than 12 inches long. The secretary, Trentleman, claims that there was also a provision that open carry could be banned if "there were an issue".

I would like to see the contract.  It would be rather peculiar if one of a buisness' main draws were made subject to the whim of the landlord.

On Friday, 19 August, the Union Station put up "No Open Carry" signs.  It is not clear if the signs are legal or not.  Open carry is legal in Utah.  The Union Station is a non-profit.  It may be owned by the City of Ogden.  Most of its support comes from the City and the State of Utah.  I suspect the legislators will not be happy with Union Station putting up "No Open Carry" signs. The Union Station had never put up open carry signs before.

That they did this shortly after the Sea Bears announced that they would be moving to Union Station indicates a lack of good faith by the Union Station management. How could there "be an issue" when the restaurant has not even opened in the new location yet?

Just three days ago, on 18 August, Monica Seibers, one of the family owners of the Sea Bears, said that they would not be changing their format. From standard.net, 18 August:
The North Salt Lake couple are avid supporters of the Second Amendment. As such, servers at the restaurant are invited to open-carry firearms of their choice. Customers are welcome to carry firearms in their restaurant, too.

“We’re going to continue to be who we are,” Monika Seibers said.
The Sea Bears is a family owned and managed restaurant.  Monica, her husband, and their four children all open carry in the restaurant.

The Union Station management has said that having a restaurant in the space that was being emptied is important to their financial health.  They initially welcomed the Sea Bears.

It sounds as if the management of Union Station has had a change of mind. 

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Anonymous said...

Just a case of more local legislation usurping the state laws. it can not be legal. the state actually has some tools to use. It could unincorporate the city and prevent any state funds from going their. everybody in local government could loose their jobs because an unincorporated city has no government. and no right of taxation. No authority for a local police department No tax money to pay them.

Anonymous said...

If the station is city owned, it may illegal for them (the owners) to declare the station "gun-free" as most government land cannot be declared "gun-free" except were explicitly allowed be law. Chances are, the station will not fall under any category definition of "gun-free".