LEFT: Video still via WBKO. RIGHT: Gun file photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images

Chuck E. Cheese's takes heat after turning away police officer with gun

According to WBKO, the officer, clad in "a marked police polo shirt," recently tried to enter the Chuck E. Cheese's in Bowling Green when a staffer turned her away for carrying a firearm.

The move sparked outrage from a local sheriff and others in the community.

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"I was upset. ... I don't understand what the problem would be (letting) someone like that – with the training and experience of a police officer – into an establishment," Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told WBKO.

The chain's national headquarters called the incident a misunderstanding.

"Our firearms policy does not apply to officers in uniform," said spokeswoman Alexis Lynn. "We do have a firearms policy for civilians and off-duty, non-uniformed officers, but officers in uniform are always welcome to bring in their firearms."

Doyle said Kentucky law allows both on- and off-duty officers to bring their firearms into most establishments, aside from federal buildings.

"Everybody needs to be aware of what the laws are, and everybody needs to understand that somebody who is trained and qualified to carry a weapon, they're there to help people," he said.

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