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Open Carry only ban at Chili's

As reported yesterday, Sonic has banned guns on their patios and in their indoor dining areas. Brinker International (Chili's) had been reported as banning guns also (depending on where you look). I reached out to Brinker via phone, and left my email address. I received this reply:

from: Ashley Johnson
to: Liston Matthews
date: Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM
subject: Brinker / Chili's Statement

I received your message to the media hotline. Below is the statement which can be attributed a Brinker International / Chili’s Grill & Bar spokesperson…
“At Chili’s Grill & Bar, our passion is making our guests feel special in an environment where they can focus on family and friends over a great meal. Recent open carry events at our restaurants and others have prompted passionate and diverse feedback. 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 continue to follow state and local laws on this issue.” (emphasis added)
Thank you,

Ashley Johnson
Public Relations Manager
Brinker International, Inc.

There is no reason to go back and review what the Open Carriers did wrong at Chili's or Sonic, it is available at my Sonic link above. Remember whenever you carry open or concealed, you are an ambassador for the cause. The question is, "Will you be a good one or a bad one?"


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