West Hollywood Gay Bar Considering Armed Guards After Orlando Shooting

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A well-known West Hollywood gay bar is considering making armed security guards a regular presence after the mass shooting in an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub Sunday.

The Abbey Food & Bar upped its security presence during L.A. Pride celebrations in West Hollywood on Sunday, hours after the Orlando attack. The bar had 36 guards on duty, including visible, armed guards at the front and back entrances at all times, said Brian Rosman, a spokesman for the bar.

The Abbey is considering making armed guards a regular presence, especially during peak times like Pride, Rosman said.

“It’s something we’re looking at moving forward,” he said. “We’re going to talk more with the sheriff and City Hall to figure out the appropriate safety precautions.”

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