It looks like Sonic and Chili restaurants put an addition on their "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" policy for entry criteria into the establishment, as it now includes "No Guns." While some gun enthusiasts may get rattled about this, many people eating in these restaurants aren't comfortable with guns all around them. Both Sonic and Chili announced this week that they are now among the restaurants that ask for you to enjoy your meal without your gun, according to CNN News on May 30.
For people in states that have strict gun laws, this might sound like no big deal, but in the states that legally allow people to pack a gun, this may feel like one more step towards a gun-less society. It could be that this is a case of demonstrators biting off their nose to spite their face as this announcement came right after gun owners held demonstrations with their weapons at Chili's, Sonic and Chipotle restaurants around Texas.
USA Today reports that "open-carry activists" came into the three big name chain restaurants carrying rifles and shotguns around Texas. Some of these demonstrators carried large automatic weapons with them into the eateries. This scared the customers and the restaurants in question didn't have much choice but to post the "no gun" signs.
This is a feather in the cap for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America who've lobbied all three restaurant chains to ban guns in their restaurants. Most would agree that there's no need to sit next to a big automatic weapon while eating your meal unless you're expecting a scene out of the "God Father" to come into play.
Along with Sonic, Chili's and Chipotle, Wendy's, Applebee's, Starbucks and Jack In The Box do not allow guns in their establishments. Texas law prohibits guns in any establishment that sells alcohol and you can probably understand the reason behind this law. Visions of the old-West come to mind after gun-toting folks load up on alcohol.
Putting all sarcasm aside, the majority of people who own guns legally tend to be law-abiding citizens. The majority of gun crimes involve an illegal fire arm or someone who shouldn't have a gun getting a hold of a legal firearm belonging to someone else, as mentioned in Forbes article from last year.
Still, carrying a big riffle, shotgun or automatic weapon into a restaurant isn't a safe thing to do, demonstration or no demonstration. People don't know if you are there to demonstrate or getting ready to fire off your weapon. With all the violent gun incidents at schools, malls and in the streets these days, not too many people would welcome the sight of a person carrying a firearm walking into a restaurant.