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EDMOND, Okla. - An Edmond business is welcoming gun owners with open arms.

You won't find a lot of signs banning legal firearms in Oklahoma, but those welcoming them in stores are even harder to find.

However, one sign at a sandwich shop in Edmond is standing out.

"He believes in protecting his family and friends. Everybody in here is basically close to being family or a close friend. They can carry a gun in here, just keep it holstered unless there is an emergency," said Diane Walker, whose son owns the Submarina California Subs sandwich shop on Danforth in Edmond.

The sign on the front door reads, "Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated."

"I couldn't shoot a pistol to save my soul. A rifle, yeah, but I'm not going to carry my rifle in here," Walker said.

Walker says she supports a customer's choice to carry.

"Anyone who can protect themselves, I believe that they should," she said.

It's a difficult balance for businesses. Many try not to alienate pro-gun customers, but still try to make sure other customers are not uncomfortable.

Several businesses near Submarina have signs banning guns inside their establishments.

Kay Barnett sees carrying a firearm as a right.

"Even though I don’t have one on me, I think it’s important," Barnett said.

She is a regular here and says the store's policy helps keep everyone safe.

"I go to a church and we have several people inside who always have their guns on them because we know churches can be targets, restaurants, anywhere in the United States," she said.