The gun control group Moms Demand Action recently started a petition asking Jack in the Box to ban guns at its corporate-owned stores.
The online petition was launched after Jack in the Box employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, store reportedly hid in a freezer during a visit by armed pro-gun Open Carry Texas activists.
The armed activists (pictured) were grabbing a bite to eat before going to a nearby Home Depot to carry their guns inside that store. However, a 911 call was made and police surrounded the Jack in the Box.
“Officers spoke with Jack in the Box employees who reported that they feared for their lives and believed they were being robbed,” the Fort Worth Police Department told Forbes. “They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them.”
Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, said in a press release: “Where state gun laws dangerously allow individuals with no background check or training to buy semi-automatic rifles and carry them openly in public, businesses have a duty to protect their employees and patrons.”
“That’s why we are calling on Jack In the Box and other businesses to follow Starbucks’ lead and prohibit the open carry of rifles on their property,” added Watts.
However, Open Carry Texas claims no employees were scared at the Jack in the Box, notes Guns.com.
“The truth is that not a single employee of Jack in the Box hid in a freezer nor did a single employee call 911 or the police,” Open Carry Texas wrote on its Facebook page on Tuesday.
“The 911 call was made by a couple in the restaurant,” added Open Carry Texas. “We are working to get the 911 call, the police report, and other recordings to find out where this information originated and expose those reporting false information to achieve their anti-gun agendas.”
In response to the petition, Moms Demand Action quotes Jack in the Box’s Vice President of Corporate Communications Brian Luscomb as saying: “The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences.”
However, Jack in the Box has not announced a ban on guns, so Moms Demand Action is going to continue its campaign.