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Police guns cause stir at downstate Denny's

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Belleville's police chief has banned his on-duty officers from Denny's after several detectives were told they couldn't have their guns inside - a dustup the restaurant calls a misunderstanding.

Police Capt. Donald Sax says the plain-clothed detectives had badges on their belts or around their necks while dining Tuesday, but a Denny's manager told them they needed to take their guns back to their cars.

Sax says that request came after a diner saw an officer was armed and complained.

Sax says that although a detective identified the diners as officers, the manager still insisted the guns go back to their cars.

A Denny's general manager who saw the officers get up and refuse to pay for their meal told them the manager was mistaken, but the detectives left anyway.

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