MINNEAPOLIS, MN (CBS) – At a time when the debate over gun control is at the forefront of American politics, a national restaurant chain has come under fire for signs that were allegedly posted at some of its locations.

Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings has found itself mired in controversy after several photographs of signs banning guns on the premises of the chain’s outposts found their way onto social media.

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On the company’s Facebook page, numerous comments have been posted in reaction to the move.

“Didn’t know that BBW is against ppl owning guns. Guess we won’t be going back again if that’s the case. Will have to look into that one [sic],” one comment reads.

“[Buffalo Wild Wings is] taking away my right to defend myself and family if ever was an event that I should need to pull my concealed sidearm. You no longer have my support or business,” says another.

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On Thursday afternoon, the company released a statement that reads in part:

“Buffalo Wild Wings respects the right of individuals to carry firearms. One of our top priorities is the comfort, safety and enjoyment of our Guests and we have elected to exercise our right to prohibit the carrying of firearms in our company-owned restaurants. We regret any inconvenience this may cause but believe that this long-standing position is in the best interest of our Guests and our Team Members. This position may vary in independently owned franchised locations.”

According to the Buffalo Wild Wings website, the restaurant was founded in Ohio in 1982 and has locations in almost every U.S. state.

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