Chipotle bans firearms in restaurants

Chipotle restaurants asks customers not to open carry firearms in restaurants after Open Carry Texas group event.
By Danielle Haynes  |  May 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM
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PHOENIX, May 19 (UPI) -- Chipotle issued a statement Monday asking customers not to openly bring firearms into the restaurant chain after open-carry activists took guns to locations in the Dallas area.

Representatives of Open Carry Texas took part in an "armed trip" to one Dallas-area Chipotle restaurant this past weekend, upsetting some anti-gun advocates.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America began a petition calling on Chipotle to ban guns in its restaurants, even in areas of the country where it's permitted.

"Moms want to know that when we take our families out to eat burritos, we won't be confronted with bullets," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.

Chipotle responded with a statement, asking customers not to open carry weapons because it causes "anxiety and discomfort" for customers.

"We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel," the statement said. "Historically, we felt it enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms, because we believe that it is not fair to put our team members in the uncomfortable position of asking that customers refrain from bringing guns into our restaurants.  However, because the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request."

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