Panera + 13 other brands that have a ‘No guns’ policy

  • ‘We ask that guns not be brought into this environment,’ Panera says in a statement this week
  • See which other companies have asked their customers to do the same
Panera + 13 other brands that have a 'No guns' policy

Panera has just added itself to the growing list of companies who are asking customers to keep their weapons at home.

The soup, sandwich and salad chain released the following statement this week: “We ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates.”

Here are just a handful of other companies to ask the same:

AMC Theatres: No weapons signs are prominently displayed outside its establishments. Following the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the company additionally told patrons, “We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings.”

BB&T Bank: The employee handbook states that “employees and clients are not permitted to bring firearms or other weapons into BB&T buildings. The only exceptions to this policy will be for armored car services personnel, third party ATM service personnel, and law enforcement officers who are authorized by appropriate authorities to have such weapons in their possession.”

California Pizza Kitchen: “CPK does not allow guests other than uniformed officers to display firearms in our restaurants. CPK is a family-oriented restaurant and the comfort and well-being of our guests is a top priority. We are concerned that the open display of firearms would be particularly disturbing to children and their parents.”

Chipotle: “We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

Chuck E. Cheese: “Many of the measures we have in place – such as our Kid Check program, employment of security guards, active security camera systems and additional safety precautions – are transparent to our guests to encourage an environment Where a Kid Can Be a Kid. In all of our stores around the country we display very visible signs prohibiting entry with weapons or firearms without exception.”

Costco: “Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace.  Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world.  This is not a new policy and we do not customize the policy for each individual city/county/state/country where we do business.”

Ikea: Stores have a “Weapons free environment” sign posted prominently on doors.

Jo-Ann Fabrics: “After thoughtful consideration, Jo-Ann decided to post the signs to create a comfortable shopping environment and experience for our customers. Jo-Ann recognizes that there are strong feelings on this issue, and that permit-holders are exercising their state right. Jo-Ann also is exercising its right under state law to post the sign. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.”

Regal Cinemas: “Please note all law enforcement officers, whether on or off duty, are exempt from our gun prohibition policy in the theatre, as long as they identify themselves as such either by display of a badge or other identification upon request.”

Simon Malls: The “Code of Conduct” displayed inside malls states: “No weapons, including but not limited to firearms, knives, or any other object(s) that may be used in any way to inflict bodily injury on another person.”

Starbucks: “We’ve seen advocates on both sides of this debate use Starbucks as a staging ground,” CEO Howard Schultz has said. “Starbucks is not a policy maker. We’re not pro- or anti-gun,” but believes that guns “should not be part of the Starbucks experience.”

Target: “Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law… This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”

Toys “R” Us: “While we respect citizens’ rights to carry firearms in public areas according to certain state laws, our company policy prohibits customers from doing so in any of our stores out of an abundance of caution for the safety and protection of the children and families shopping with us.”

WireShots Staff

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