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.”