Response To Chipotle’s “Please Don’t Bring Guns” Statement Is Predictably Divided

Another chain eatery has put itself in the middle of the debate over gun rights after Chipotle announced yesterday that it would rather its customers didn’t bring firearms into their stores. Not surprisingly, the response to this decision has resulted in praise and condemnation, with little in between.

Over the weekend, a group of open-carry supporters in Texas held an event at a Dallas Chipotle, posting photos of themselves holding some pretty impressive firepower in the burrito joint.

This didn’t sit well with gun regulation advocates at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, who immediately launched a petition, resulting in Chipotle issuing a statement on Monday afternoon.

“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,” reads the statement. “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. Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

Chipotle, like many other businesses with locations around the country, had previously merely abided by local laws regarding open carry and concealed carry in determining whether or not to allow guns into particular stores.

“However, because the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request,” explains the statement, which does not appear to be an outright ban but a request from the company to its customers.

That makes the Chipotle statement much like the 2013 letter from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to his customers, in which he stopped short of actually banning the carrying of guns into his coffee shops, instead requested “that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas — even in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

And just like in the Starbucks case, the response on social media has been divided between upset consumers who pledge to no longer patronize Chipotle, and those who support the restaurant in its announcement.

Here is just a sampling from both sides of the argument:

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  1. CommonC3nts says:

    Why do they even care?? If the person can legally carry then what does it matter?
    The people who legally carry dont point guns at people for fun. They have it just in case.

    I would rather have good people carrying guns than criminals and I am against guns.
    The 2nd amendment only gives you the right to bear arms if you are in the well regulated militia, but until the supreme court corrects the wrong interpretations people can legally have them so who cares.

    • Lenne says:

      I care because I am one of those who hates guns and don’t want to see one being waved around while I eat my damn food. If one of these so-called ‘responsible’ gun owners brought a loaded gun and accidentally shot someone in the face, what would you be saying then? I can imagine something like ‘Oh, well he wasn’t very responsible, now was he?’ Any time you bring a dangerous weapon anywhere, ANY well-minded person has the capability to cause an accident. Furthermore, why the HELL does anyone need a military grade assault rifle anyway? If you were carrying to protect yourself, I can imagine a simple handgun would be just as intimidating, because all guns have the capacity to kill. Seems like these people are trying to compensate for something.

      • MarthaGaill says:

        No one waves guns around at fast food joints. The only reason those people were is because they were part of a demonstration.

        FWIW, I’m all for concealed carry, but against open carry. Open carry creates anxiety. Concealed carry doesn’t.

  2. LauraNorthrup says:

    Whatever your opinion on guns, MDAFGSIA is an unwieldy acronym.

    • MarthaGaill says:

      If I had no idea what that organization was (and I didn’t until I read this article) I could come up with some really interesting ideas on what it stood for.

  3. SuperSpeedBump says:

    Mmmm…. Sofritas!!!

  4. Snarkapus says:

    “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America”

    If the mothers raised their children properly, guns wouldn’t be abused. It’s all their fault.