Open-carry groups call to stop carry of long arms into private businesses Open-carry groups call to stop carry of long arms into private businesses


Following public backlash after open-carry activists brought long arms into popular restaurants, four open-carry groups issued a directive to their members Wednesday asking them to halt the practice.

This follows a notable incident in a Texas Jack in the Box,  and another at a Chipotle restaurant, in which gun-rights supporters legally carried rifles and shotguns into the establishments to exercise their Second Amendment rights, but drew fire from gun control groups and social commentators.

“Looking back, it has become clear that there is one area in which we have gotten the most resistance and suffered the largest setbacks: open carry of long arms into private businesses,” read a letter signed by the directors of Come and Take It Texas, Texas Carry, Gun Rights Across America and Open Carry Texas to their membership that was made public May 21.

The letter continued, “This resulted in places like Smashburger asking us to leave our guns at home. Since then, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebee’s and most recently, Chipotle have come out asking we not carry our firearms into their establishments.”

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Source: Guns.com

  • Dustin Ellermann

    May 24, 2014 #1 Author

    Finally some wisdom. I want OC rights regained in Texas, but Dweele Dee and Dweele Dum pictured above will only make us lose what little we do have, not gain OC of handguns back.


  • Michael

    May 27, 2014 #2 Author

    I agree fully with Open Carry….. BUT let’s use some COMMON SENSE ….

    All these idiots are doing, is giving the REST of us a BAD name…


    • James Andrews

      May 27, 2014 #3 Author

      I agree. I am also a huge proponent of concealed carry as well. You don’t alarm anti-gun, paranoid people if they don’t know you are carrying!


  • Kevin Calongne

    May 27, 2014 #4 Author

    If the idea is to get back the right to carry a handgun openly in public in Texas, these two are working for the other side. If the open carry “activists” would just use their brains, we’d probably get this passed in the next legislative session. Now we are going to have resistance from groups representing private businesses. This is a group with considerable legislative pull, and one that otherwise would have remained neutral.


  • Larry

    May 27, 2014 #5 Author

    Just goes to show most young people don’t have the wisdom or common sense that comes with age. These immature brats need to find a mentor. Just because we have a Constitutional right to do something doesn’t mean that it’s always wise to do it. And the one on the left in the photo needs to go on a diet as well.


  • Tony

    May 27, 2014 #6 Author

    I disagree. Now we are split. “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin.
    I don’t necessarily condone it, but now there is a riff between us. A riff that will be exploited to it’s fullest and it
    will go both ways. You don’t condone carrying long arms but you want to carry your sidearm? Doesn’t really make sense to me.


  • David

    May 27, 2014 #7 Author

    In Oklahoma, where we have open carry, pro-open carry supporters wore empty holsters into businesses to show passive aggressive support for open carry. We haven’t had any issues since open carry became law on November 1,
    Never been asked to leave a business. I’ve been all over the state… in all kinds of businesses & restaurants… never had a problem or complaint.

    I usually dress in good clean blue jeans & a pocket T-shirt. I have a good hair cut and maintain a good appearance… and carry my weapon in a good holster. Now if someone looks like they just crawled out of a ditch on their belly and have their gun tucked IWB, then they might raise some concern with businesses and the general public. Also, open carry people don’t want to be acting like Barney Fife… always fiddling with their handgun or resting their hand on the grip. And certainly they don’t want to unholster their weapon in order to show it to someone.

    The guys with the double shoulder harnesses, cowboy holsters or drop leg holsters quickly get made fun of and stop carrying that way.


    • David

      May 27, 2014 #8 Author

      Oklahoma’s open carry law became effective 11/01/12. Sure wish this site let you edit mistakes.


  • Mike

    May 27, 2014 #9 Author

    Two guys looking like those two walking into some businesses with long guns in their hands would last less than two seconds. You just don’t antagonize an already sensitized business owner by looking like mass murderers. A lot of us already deal with a violent society and we don’t want to have to guess who the bad guys are.


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