Last Saturday about 100 “open carry” gun activists descended on Buckhorn Grill in Walnut Creek, one of a chain of California restaurants, to display their semi-automatic pistols and ammunition magazines.
As reported in the Contra Costa Times, customers responded to the display:
“I’m a little worried,” said Hayley King, of Walnut Creek, who stopped in for lunch. “I don’t feel safe in here. I wouldn’t have come if I had known.”
“If it’s (carrying guns) not for law enforcement, it’s completely wrong,” said Rumer Cantrell, a Walnut Creek resident who attends Carondelet High School in Concord. “Violence should never be promoted in any way. To be walking around saying, ‘You can see I have a gun,’ promotes violence.”
One week later, and after the hard work of our California Brady Campaign Chapters, comes news that the Buckhorn Grill restaurant chain has now made its “No Guns” policy clear.
Also in the Contra Costa Times:
A California restaurant chain, the Buckhorn Grill, has banned the display of guns in its establishments after a gathering of gun rights advocates Feb. 6 at its Walnut Creek restaurant that drew about 100 men carrying unloaded guns.
“Buckhorn Grill would like to apologize for some misunderstanding about our ‘no weapon policy’ in any of our restaurants,” John Pickerel, owner of Buckhorn chain, said in a statement. “We have not in the past nor shall in the future allow weapons in our restaurants.”
The ban applies to all seven of the chain’s restaurants.
The meeting of Open Carry advocates, who want to change California law to make it easier to carry loaded guns in public, was an exception Pickerel said he now regrets. Pickerel said the group “misled” Buckhorn about such things as the nature of the event and number of attendees.
Add Buckhorn Grill’s common sense decision to that of Peet’s Coffee & Tea and California Pizza Kitchen.
Although “open carry” activists have applied the same tactics against Starbucks and their customers, Starbucks hasn’t yet decided to follow suit and clearly state a “No Guns Except For Police” policy in their restaurants.
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