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Chipotle Restaurant Chain Asks Customers Not to Bring Guns

| by Michael Allen

The restaurant chain Chipotle is asking its customers not to bring their guns into stores after members of Open Carry Texas carried military-style assault rifles into a Dallas store over the weekend.

This picture of two Open Carry Texas members was reportedly posted on Facebook, but later removed.

“We don’t go there just to carry guns into a restaurant,” Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham told Forbes. “We always let the manager know we’re coming. We try very hard to make people feel comfortable. We’re peaceful, we’re looking for a place to eat, but we have guns. If we’re not welcome, we’re not going to spend money there.”

In response to the incident, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started an online petition calling on Chipotle to ban guns from their restaurants.

“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 said in a statement on Monday to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth: "Recently participants from an 'open carry' demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort. Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel."

"The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request and we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.”

Chipotle hasn't said whether or not the request was an actual ban on guns.

Sources: Forbes and CBS Dallas-Fort Worth