No-Gun Restaurants: Making Customers Safe at Sonic, Chili's and Chipotle?

Home Depot the latest to get visit from armed Open Carry rally participants. Is it time to leave the guns at home?

Attendees at a Pennsylvania gun rights rally. Credit: Kara Seymour, Patch
Attendees at a Pennsylvania gun rights rally. Credit: Kara Seymour, Patch

It's not just anti-gun diners who don't want to see weapons in restaurants — corporate owners are sounding off, too.

Sonic and Chili’s are the latest restaurant chains to tell patrons to leave their guns at home.

That news followed an announcement earlier this month from Chipotle that guns are not welcomed in its restaurants.

What do you think? Is it time to leave the guns at home? Tell us in the comments section below!

"We recognize that the open carry of firearms in restaurants creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many local liquor laws," Chili's said in a statement.

Open Carry Texas has been holding demonstrations at businesses in the state, including openly carrying weapons at Home Depot on Saturday. Earlier this month, members brought assault-style weapons into different restaurant chains, leading businesses to review their gun policies, according to USA Today.

What do you think? Are Open Carry rallies productive for gun rights? Tell us in the comments section below!

Mariner June 07, 2014 at 03:06 PM
And by the way "Hon" is a common term in Baltimore. I new race and gender would be introduced by the liberals eventually. Whatever the issue it always turn to those two topics. I know that's difficult to debate the facts of 2nd amendment rights and liberals do get defensive and emotional, but Please do try to remain on topic hon.
Mariner June 07, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Hon you are not only absent of facts but you are way off topic. I suggest that you do your own research into "YOUR" state and local laws regarding open carry and concealed carry laws. You don't seem to be able to understand that gun registration laws and the right to carry vary in every state. As for your claim to be a conservative Republican, I sincerely have doubts about that due to your comments in you first post on this topic. Again I ask since you made the comment that you would not frequent a restaurant where people carried "concealed" weapons, do you also take the stand that you will not visit downtown Washington DC, Baltimore or any other town where criminals carry concealed weapons? It's not the law abiding citizens who engage in open carry or concealed carry, it's the criminals who carry and that group are the people that a true Republican conservative would concentrate their efforts on. I am so glad to be out of the Peoples Republic of Maryland aka as the "Rain Tax State", the "If You Can Dream It We Can Tax It State." Just yesterday I was in a local restaurant having lunch. There were at least half a dozen people exercising their right to open carry. I don't know how many may have been carrying concealed weapons and didn't worry about it. Even in Walmart I saw a go year old woman packing. She was wearing a weapon in a holster openly on her hip. I smiled at her and she knew exactly why I did so. I'm quite sure that she will defend herself well and won't become a casualty of some moddy-coddled , enabled criminal produced by the anti-gun zealots. Again you would be fart better served to expend your energies on the existing gun laws which prevent criminals from owning guns, not law abiding citizens. And remember if you ever happen to visit the Sunshine State, please be carrying. Ta Ta
John Moore June 07, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Most businesses simply do not want the liability of what can happen if any kind of gun violence breaks out in their place of business. It isn't exactly the kind of publicity they seek. Having your business robbed is bad enough. Having someone, who is not the perpetrator of a crime shot or killed in your place of business isn't something you want advertised. I can only imagine people saying, hey let's go down to Red Robbin where that guy/girl/kid got killed & have lunch. The problem with guns is they are tools with one purpose. Good things rarely happen when they are used among the general public. Public safety is a balancing act that requires factoring in probabilities & the probability of something going wrong increases with guns added to any scenario that isn't target practice, gun club activity, hunting or war.
The BSD Guy June 07, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Let's say for the sake of argument that an armed robber comes into some store or whatever, gets confronted by one our "armed heroes protecting the constitution" and a gun battle breaks out. Lets just say that during the gun battle the "hero of the constitution" manages to accidentally kill 3 people in the crossfire. Is our "armed hero of the constitution" guilty of murder? Manslaughter? Anything? What do we say to the relatives of those who "accidentally" got killed? "Tisk, Tisk, Tisk....They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time." This is stupid. Do we all need to start wearing head to toe body armor now just to protect the rights of some fanatic gun nuts and radical right wing extremists? Do gun manufacturers REALLY need money that badly?
Mariner June 08, 2014 at 07:03 PM
3 dead in shooting at Vegas restaurant, Walmart Another shooting where people were ambushed and perhaps the shooters stopped by someone legally carrying a weapon. Two of those critically wounded were police officers. The two shooters killed themselves. Of course this is one of those shootings that liberals say they never hear of happening. Kudos to James Hatfield, lead man from Metallica and proud card carrying member of the NRA


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