Rapper Rick Ross, whose real name is a decidedly less cool, William Leonard Roberts II, recently told the Huffington Post that he doesn’t want guns in his restaurants.
Ross, who owns a chain of 25 chicken wing restaurants, had this to say:
“I support the right to bear arms, I do. I’m a licensed carrier. When I go into public places, when I go out and I enter certain places, I believe it’s best to leave your firearm in your vehicle. Go in and enjoy your meal.”
He added, “I believe bringing a rifle into any closed building is too much.”
Making the comments more remarkable is Ross’ history with gun crimes.
In 2008, Ross was arrested on gun and marijuana charges. Ross was also carrying a 9mm with 12 live rounds in March of 2013, when he was the target of a drive-by shooting. Ross was unlicensed at the time.
Perhaps Ross should also consider that patrons of his restaurants might appreciate the ability to defend themselves should they run into a group of people trying to beat them senseless. He was sued for assault and battery on a fellow rapper which left him with multiple facial fractures, cuts that required several stitches, and nerve damage. Ross was ordered to pay $300,000 in damages.