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No-Gun Policies Announced by Chili's, Sonic

Sonic and Chili’s on Friday both announced policies banning guns from their dining rooms.

Two national restaurant chains are among the latest to ask customers to leave their firearms behind when they dine.

Sonic and Chili’s on Friday both announced policies banning guns from their dining rooms.

The announcements were prompted after recent open carry demonstrations at several Texas restaurants, including Chili’s, Sonic and Chipotle, caused controversy among customers. Chipotle announced earlier in May, following the demonstrations, that guns were not welcomed in their restaurants. 

“We’ve considered the views and desires of our customers and employees that staff the drive-ins across the country. Accordingly, we’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas,” Sonic said in a statement Friday.

Chili’s announced a similar policy. “We kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants,” a statement from Chili’s parent company, Brinker International, said.

According to USA Today, Open Carry Texas upset customers when its members deliberately brought assault-style weapons into several Texas restaurant chains earlier this month. The incidents prompted the companies involved to review their policies on guns.

“At Chili’s Grill & Bar, our passion is making our guests feel special in an environment where they can focus on family and friends over a great meal.  Recent open carry events at our restaurants and others have prompted passionate and diverse feedback,” the company statement said.

Open Carry Texas is planning a demonstration at a Texas Home Depot Saturday, which it is billing as the “greatest open carry that Tarrant County has ever seen.”

Barbara June 05, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Bruce. If you need to OPENLY carry a gun, I can only assume it's because you feel you need to. Why else? I have no problem with gun ownership. My family are gun owners and they hunt. A few are gun collectors. I just don't understand the paranoia. Why does anyone feel the need to tote a gun around everywhere they go? In a Sonic? In Chili's? I don't get it. I can't imagine being so fearful of going about my daily functions that I have to "pack". I can't help feeling that some of these guys can't wait for the opportunity to use it. Nothing personal intended, Bruce.
jimmy June 07, 2014 at 10:31 AM
IF your that much of a pussy you need a gun every you go "even out to eat", then you shouldn't own one period.
Nick June 07, 2014 at 10:52 AM
You know what they say about fire extinguishers and abortions? It's stupid to have them around ..... until you really need one.
Barbara June 07, 2014 at 04:33 PM
I know…Chili's and Sonic are very scary places….
Blackdemon June 12, 2014 at 09:48 PM
I always conceal anyhow, so it really doesn't matter. Conceal means they don't know you have it. In PA it is only a trespassing fine even it they call the police.

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