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Hosts of biker events reconsider after deadly Waco shootout

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Posted at 3:34 PM, May 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-20 16:37:00-04

By SETH ROBBINS
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Bars and restaurants that regularly host motorcycle clubs are reconsidering the risks of those events after the shootout in Texas that left nine dead and 18 wounded.

Roy Barnett is a biker and considers bikers his core clientele at the Deer Crossing Saloon in Selma, Texas. He says motorcycle clubs have gathered peacefully dozens of times at his bar for meetings just like the one in Waco.

But Barnett has decided to forbid any more meetings of the umbrella group that was gathering in Waco. He says he's a businessman before he's a biker.

The restaurant chain involved in the shootout immediately revoked the Waco franchise's license, and it suspended "bike nights" at all locations to review safety procedures and out of respect for those killed and injured.

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