A gun control advocacy group is lauding national business chains' request to customers that they leave their guns at home.
In a press release, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America commended Sonic Drive-In and Chili's Grill & Bar for responding to its petition asking customers not to bring guns into restaurants, cafes and other commercial ventures. Sonic and Chili's are the two latest such businesses that have changed their policies on guns in response to a MDA petition; others include Chipotle Starbucks and Jack in the Box. Facebook and Instagram have also pledged to combat gun sales on their online forums.
"Moms are grateful to Sonic and Brinker International, which includes Chili’s Grill & Bar, for taking action and standing up for the safety and security of our families—we are heartened that we can take our children to these family-oriented restaurants and not worry about being confronted by customers with semiautomatic rifles,” said MDAGSA founder Shannon Watts.
In a statement released by Chipotle, the Tex-Mex chain changed its policy toward openly carried firearms after a demonstration in Texas during which open carry advocates brought guns, including assault rifles, into a Chipotle location, "causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort."
"We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel," the statement read.