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Guns stolen from Leesburg restaurant whose owner is a Second Amendment advocate

Burglars recently took seven guns from a restaurant in Virginia whose owner has drawn attention for his advocacy of the right to bear arms — and to carry guns into his establishment.

The burglary took place Nov. 23 at the Cajun Experience in Leesburg, town police said. About 12:45 a.m., they said, two people forced their way inside, broke into a padlocked closet and stole seven long guns described as rifles and shotguns.

“It’s just my luck,” owner Bryan Crosswhite said Saturday night. “We don’t keep guns there” routinely, he added. He said the guns were left there overnight after a hunting trip as a matter of convenience and were to be taken to a friend’s house in Virginia, where they are usually kept.

But within hours of the guns being locked away in the restaurant, the burglars struck, he said. The closet was off a private room and not where diners are generally served.

The burglary was not noticed until hours later, he said.

The restaurant drew attention after Crosswhite began offering a discount to diners for every weapon carried.

A Nov. 20 posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page read: “Today we celebrate the 2nd Amendment! Stop in for Open Carry Wednesday and get 10% off for exercising” the right to bear arms.

The idea of “open carry” generally applies to sidearms, such as pistols and revolvers, and not long guns, such as rifles and shotguns.

Police said they have identified a suspect and are looking for a second person.

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