Chili’s and Sonic’s new “no gun” policy is drawing a lot of attention this week as more and more restaurant sites across the U.S. continue to urge customers to leave their guns at home. From carry-on guns to concealed weapons, the restaurants are just two of the latest food chains to strongly request that customers do not bring such items onto their premises. The Inquisitr reports this Saturday, May 31, 2014, that while the move has received loud support by some, others have been equally vocal in their disdain for such policies surrounding gun rights in public places.
Corporate decision-making surrounding “no gun” rules increases this week with the Chili’s Sonic no guns headline. Chili’s, a popular restaurant / grill and bar chain, and Sonic, a well-known drive-in food chain, have recently made important announcements declaring that while they wish for customers to enjoy their food, they want them to do so without bringing their guns with them.
The official “no gun policy” was made on May 30, 2014, by the two restaurant chain sites. It appears that the controversial move by Sonic and Chili’s was further sparked by activists who made a statement earlier this month by bringing open-carry weapons (including shotguns, rifles, and handguns) into certain outlets in the state of Texas, including Chipotle Mexican Grill. Following this, Chili’s parent company (Brinker International) offered this statement this week:
“We recognize that the open carry of firearms in restaurants creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many local liquor laws. So we kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants and we will all continue to follow state and local laws on this issue.”
NBC News notes in their special report that the Chili’s Sonic no gun statement was likely focused mostly toward Texans (particularly because the law of the state in the southern region strictly forbids shotguns and rifles in locales that alcohol can be served). However, it is thought to extend to all restaurant chains across the U.S. nation. Sonic instituted a new “no gun” policy including carry-ons and concealed weapons as well, as it previously stood behind the majority of local laws that prohibited gun usage.
Yet with Sonic being a primarily drive-in restaurant, it remains to be seen how the restaurant chain might actually enforce urging their customers to not bring any lethal weapons onto the premises. Nonetheless, the prohibition of guns in the area is also included in their statement to include the sit-down dining spots and patio. Says a source:
“We’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dinging areas.”
Some critics of these “No Guns” signs in restaurants and stores, however, say that these apparent restrictions are in fact counterintuitive. Because these signs urge customers and guests that no guns are allowed, some believe that potential gunmen or lawbreakers are more likely to enter the restaurant with a gun or lethal weapon because they are less likely to be met with any resistance. What are your thoughts on the big issue?