The pro-gun group Open Carry Texas - San Antonio recently visited some local Chili's and Sonic restaurants while wearing their guns.
However, both restaurants turned them down because of their firearms. Open Carry Texas - San Antonio posted videos (below) of the incidents on YouTube on May 19, but later took them down. However, Mother Jones was able to make copies.
At Chili's, a manager tells the group that he has to check the company policy on gun-carrying.
While the gun activists wait, a young woman approaches the group, apparently filming them with her cell phone, and says, "Umm actually, there's children here and you're a dumb ass," notes Mediaite.com.
Later, the Chili's manager says he can feed the group, but they cannot sit in the restaurant.
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Open Carry Texas has decided to scale back their restaurant appearances, according to their statement last Friday:
Looking back, it has become clear that there is one area in which we have gotten the most resistance and suffered the largest setbacks: open carry of long arms into private businesses. This is not a new phenomenon.
Early on, because of our efforts, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) sent a message to all TABC licensees warning them about allowing our members to open carry into their businesses. This resulted in places like Smashburger asking us to leave our guns at home. Since then, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebees and most recently, Chipotle have come out asking we not carry our firearms into their establishments.
Sources: Mother Jones, Open Carry Texas, Mediaite.com