Chipotle to Customers: Leave Your Guns at Home
Open-carry group spurs change in policy
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2014 1:49 AM CDT
The door of a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Robinson Township, Pa.    (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) – Chipotle customers, even in open-carry states, are now going to have to eat their burritos unarmed. The chain decided to ban guns after a group of people from an open-carry demonstration turned up in a Texas branch toting weapons including military-style assault rifles, the Los Angeles Times reports. The group caused "many of our customers anxiety and discomfort," so "we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel," the Denver-based chain said in a statement.

Chipotle said it had traditionally followed local laws for its policy on weapons inside its restaurants, but the display of firearms had created a "potentially intimidating or uncomfortable environment" for its customers. The founder of Open Carry Texas, however, says the group was in the restaurant to have a meal after an event, not to prove a point. "We don’t go there just to carry guns into a restaurant," he tells Forbes. "We always let the manager know we're coming. We try very hard to make people feel comfortable."

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May 21, 2014 5:43 PM CDT
I cant believe the ignorance of people who think guns belong everywhere people are.
May 21, 2014 9:49 AM CDT
I for one have no intention of ever spending another dime at Chipotle, whether I carry or not. As far as I'm concerned all they've done is tell future hold up artists that they have nothing to fear at Chipotle, it's a room full of sitting ducks to rob.
May 20, 2014 6:39 PM CDT
The people that do this stuff and make open carry videos to put on Youtube are seeking some type of confrontation. They always want the police to confront them on video so they can try to prove some point. There is no reason for it. I have a CCW permit and carry concealed most of the time. Not a single person knows I have a weapon and that's the way it's supposed to be. As a long time gun owner and 2nd Amendment supporter, it would still bother me if I was eating in a restaurant and a group of people came in packing openly...especially with ARs.