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Nicholasville, Ky. Waffle House refuses service to armed Army National Guard soldier

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By Josh Breslow

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WLEX) -- A soldier was refused service at an Kentucky Waffle House because he was armed.

A social media post about an armed soldier refused service at a Nicholasville restaurant has gone viral. Billy Welch says he was told to leave his gun in his vehicle or he wouldn't be served.

As always, Welch has his gun holstered to his side. The Army National Guard soldier says it's all about safety -- and that's why, Welch says, what happened Sunday caught him by surprise.

Around 1:30 that morning, Welch stopped at the Nicholasville Waffle House, wearing his military uniform, with his gun by his side. Welch says he didn't think too much of it, until he started hearing from people and organizations all over the country.

As it turns out, Micaela Shaw was sitting in a booth nearby, and she took the details to Facebook. Shaw's posts went viral, and Welch says he's grateful for the support. As for Waffle House, a statement from the owner reads in-part, "for many years we have had a 'No Firearms' policy in place in our restaurants. We continue to believe this is the best policy for the safety of our customers and associates."

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