We all saw this coming. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense has been putting pressure on fast food restaurants Chili’s and Sonic to see these establishments turn into “gun free zones”.
Both of these restaurants have announced Friday that they want their customers (or former customers) to leave their guns at home. While trying to avoid taking a side in the gun control debate after open carriers brought guns to these establishments, both Sonic and Chili’s have chosen a side.
A Sonic spokesperson announced, “…we’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas.”
Chili’s Grill & Bar followed suit. And of course it was a Moms Demand Action press release that revealed these new policy changes.
“We recognize that the open carry of firearms in restaurants creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many local liquor laws,” according to a Moms Demand Action press release. “So, we kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants and we will continue to follow state and local laws on this issue.”
These are just the latest restaurants asking their customers to leave their guns at home, with Jack in the Box and Chipotle making similar decisions just days ago.
Many are blaming these policy changes on gun advocate groups which have been demonstrating open carry as a way to bring awareness to their cause. But failing to notify local police authorities and the restaurants in which they were carrying has caused more than a little controversy.
Moms Demand Action has been eager to take credit for these developments.
“Moms thank Sonic and Brinker International, which includes Chili’s Grill & Bar, for taking action to stand 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 Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“Brinker International and Sonic’s decisions to ask customers to not bring firearms into their restaurants are bold and meaningful, showing that you can support the Second Amendment while taking reasonable measures to ensure that Americans are safe and secure in the places we take our children,” Watts continued. “American businesses and restaurants should not wait for open carry extremists to demonstrate in their establishments – now is the time to stand up for the safety of employees and customers.”