Following an open carry protest in Texas that sparked a large police response at a Jack in the Box restaurant, Bloomberg funded anti-gun group Moms Demand Action leapt into, well, action.
The group immediately started pressuring Jack in the Box to ban guns at their establishments.
The restaurant chain took the Starbucks approach to dealing with the Moms group. They didn’t outright ban firearms from their establishment, but issued a statement asking people to leave their guns at home,
Creating a warm and inviting environment for all of our guests and employees is a top priority for Jack in the Box. The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences. While we respect the rights of all our guests, we would prefer that guests not bring their guns inside our restaurants.
– Jack in the Box VP of Corporate Communications Brian Luscomb
I don’t think that the open carry advocates in Texas ever had any intentions of putting Jack in the Box in the middle of the gun carry debate, unfortunately that is where they ended up.
The statement is very similar to the one released by Starbucks last year following open carry demonstrations in which the coffee chain didn’t ban guns at their stores but asked that customers not bring them to their stores. These statements have been seen by many as a de-facto ban on open carry and a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy on concealed carry.
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