An armed member of the U.S. Navy was denied service at a Waffle House restaurant in Kentucky.  The reports a local NBC station, indicates that when officer Billy Welch — who was in uniform — sat down for a meal at the Nicholasville location of the 24-hour chain, he was told he’d need to disarm or leave the restaurant.

Welch, who had his firearm holstered at his side when he walked in the door, was only asked to leave after he’d placed his order and the server noticed the gun. When she asked him to leave his gun outside, he refused. He later told the news station, “You know, if I can’t have my firearm, then I can’t be here. I walked inside to the other waitress. I said, ‘thank you, but no thank you ma’am. I’m gonna have to leave.'” A witness took to Facebook to express his discontent at the incident. FULL REPORT