BREAKING: Chipotle Tells Customers Not to Bring Guns Into Their Stores

May 19 2014
by GSL Staff
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Chipotle has become the most recent target of a petition from Moms Demand Action. The burrito giant is now asking customers not to bring guns into its stores following a petition from the gun control group.

The petition was started following a widely publicized open carry even in Texas in which demonstrators carried semi-auto rifles into the store and peacefully had lunch.

“Historically, we felt enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms,” the statement said.

However, “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers,” the statement said. “Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts sent over 120 tweets in less 48 hours to the restaurant chain and an online petition was circulated.

Last week the fast food restaurant Jack in the Box issued a similar statement followed by an open carry demonstration in Texas.

Starbucks also famously issued a similar statement that fell short of an outright ban following numerous open carry demonstration in Starbucks stars across the country in 2013.

Chipotle likely would have never enacted such a policy if it had not been the subject of an open carry demonstration and subsequent target of Moms Demand Action. Do you think forcing a business to weigh in on political issues is smart for our cause or hurts our cause? Let us know in the comments below.

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