Aided in part by Bloomberg’s new gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, two more restaurant chains have decided to take the plunge and declare to the world that guns are not allowed on their premises anymore. This will for sure prevent armed robberies.
Their announcement came shortly after a group of Texas open carry activists visited one of these establishments with rifles on their shoulders. The management didn’t take too kindly to that, so they banned guns from that point on. The Blaze reported on the two companies’ decisions:
“We’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas,” Sonic announced on Friday.
Chili’s, owned by Brinker International, said in a statement, “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.”
Judging from Chili’s statement, customers are still permitted to carry a concealed firearm as long as they are complying with the applicable state laws. Sonic’s statement suggests no guns are welcome at their restaurants.
The announcements were celebrated by anti-gun groups likeEverytown for Gun Safety, which had created a petition to pressure the restaurants into enforcing a no-gun policy.
Chipotle announced earlier this month that only “authorized law enforcement personnel” should bring guns into their locations, while Starbucks made a similar announcement last year.
Don’t be surprised if you start hearing more news stories about these particular restaurants getting robbed at gunpoint. Putting up a sign on the restaurant entrance, proudly proclaiming that the building is a gun-free zone is exactly the same as someone stupidly putting up a sign on his own front door at home stating the same thing. If Bloomberg thinks all restaurants and all other businesses need to be gun-free zones, then he should put up a sign on his own house announcing to the world that his house is a gun-free zone. I bet you he wouldn’t want to do that. He wouldn’t want to get robbed.