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Sorry, Texas: Chipotle Doesn’t Want Guns in Its Restaurants

Sorry, Texas: Chipotle Doesn’t Want Guns in Its Restaurants

Eaters take note: you’re welcome to order a burrito at Chipotle, but don’t plan on bringing your bullets.

While it may seem odd that a restaurant has to state that it doesn’t want diners to bring guns as a side to their meal, that’s what Chipotle recently had to do, in response to a social media blitz surrounding the issue of gun rights activists openly displaying assault rifles at a Dallas location.

“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,” said Chipotle’s Chris Arnold in statement. “We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

Photos of the gun rights activists from Open Carry Texas standing outside of a Chipotle location holding assault rifles went viral after a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which was formed after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook, reposted them. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America ran the photo along with the hashtag #BurritosNotBullets.

Chipotle joins other restaurants and stores, like Starbucks and Target, that have banned open carry within their establishments. According to the Daily Beast, there’s a bit of tension even between the individual open carry groups in Texas.

Along with Open Carry Texas, Texas Carry, and the aptly named Come and Take it Texas, Open Carry Tarrant County is fighting, sometimes at cross purposes with the others, to strengthen and exercise their Second Amendment rights in public. “To each his own, as long as we’re on the same boat fighting for the same message,” said Kory Watkins, a spokesman for Tarrant County.

“They’re their own organization,” said C.J. Grisham, who leads the larger Open Carry Texas organization, of Watkins’s group. “We do things the way that works for us and they do things the way that works for them…There are people that don’t agree they should have to call the police when they go out and do an armed event. And we do.”

Open carry activists from Open Carry Texas are so adamant about their right to carry arms, that if Chipotle won’t have them, they won’t go. “We’re going to honor what Chipotle put out. We’re not going to carry our guns if we aren’t welcome. We just won’t go to Chipotle,” C.J. Grisham, who leads the larger Open Carry Texas organization, told the Daily Beast. “Our members refuse to eat anywhere where we can’t defend ourselves.”

The fact that Chipotle was challenged to take a stand on the issue of gun rights is new for the fast food chain. “The issue of gun ownership or gun rights has become one of the most contentious debates in the country. Chipotle has never taken a position on this issue, as we focus instead on our mission to change the way people think about and eat fast food,” Arnold wrote in his statement. But with the push from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and its social media campaign, Chipotle has been forced to, at the very least, acknowledge that guns in their establishments make customers uncomfortable.

Ultimately, Chipotle believes that this is an issue to be left up to the government, stating that “we hope 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.”

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3:02AM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

I would rather have a sane person with a CC permit in a restaurant, at least then no worries if some nutcase came in.

4:11PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

People go to restaurants daily w/guns. Where would they leave them if carrying them legally (or illegally)? In their cars? NEVER leave a gun in a car!

Regardless, people here seem to think that since they've designated their restaurants gun-free, those who carry will somehow stop carrying in their restaurants. Keep dreaming! The more you push your cowardly anti-gun agenda on our society, the more psycho-postal shootings, there will be. It's all just a game- to divide us! I don't believe in open carry, but I have no problem w/CC for legal citizens. This has become the silliest debate short of abortion. Don't want an abortion? Don't have one. Don't want a gun? Don't have one. Oh, but gun bans are for the noble purpose of keeping us safe, right? LOFL! Yeah, as long as your party knows what's best for me!

“We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

In other words, don't make food illegal b/c some are overweight. And don't make guns illegal b/c some are criminals. BTW- there are a lot more overweight people than those who use guns in crimes. This incredibly divisive BS has gotten much worse, in this, the most "transparent" of presidential administrations.

2:20PM PDT on Jun 8, 2014

These people are unbelievable. Can't have a meal without your gun to make you feel important. Good decision by Chipotle.

10:27PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Of course its Mexican they have enough guns from "Fast and Furious" plus they get all the guns they need from the White House gun runners, and at a good price I might add.

9:13PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thank you

8:55PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Couple questions: First, why is it that gun lovers who seem to think the Second Amendment trumps the rest of the Constitution always manage to both fail to remember what a "well trained Militia" is and who it in fact answers to in reality (Hint: Not a bunch of hunters who get together and think that humans are a more entertaining game) and also forget the term "well trained militia" is in fact specifically mentioned in the Second Amendment in the first place?

Second, if those same Americans who worship the Second Amendment are so convinced that the Government (currently Obama) is trying to take all their precious guns and basically enslave everyone, why don't they rise up in armed revolution already and end what they're so terrified of?

I'm serious about both those questions.

3:41PM PDT on May 27, 2014

you mean I can't shoot people who let their brats run amok in restaurants? How about the ones that kick the back of your seat in airplanes? Would it be ok to pack heat if you are IN a plane flying WITHIN Texas? How about that one for gun righters?

1:06PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Whether or not, Chipotle's decision came from a reasonable point of view, or from comments from their customers, it was the correct resolution.
People come to restaurants of any type, to feed their hunger, not feed their power-struggling ego.

6:59AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thanks Chipotle.

10:58PM PDT on May 26, 2014

what is it really true...but the thing is which i want to know over there everyone has their own gun??? The main thing mostly families visit restaurants to spend some time with their family members such case i agree with this concept.

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