Recently, members of a group of open carry activists went too far in their gun rights activism. They carried semiautomatic rifles into a Dallas-area Chipotle, causing a stir that sent ripples through gun rights organizations across America. Although Open Carry Texas has since issued a statement discouraging similar activities in private businesses, their advice comes too late.
Two major anti-gun organizations, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, seized upon the opportunity to exert pressure upon Chipotle. They gathered thousands of signatures through an online petition, demanding that Chipotle prohibit firearms in all its stores.
But then Chipotle went too far. Instead of asking gun owners to exercise discretion when carrying firearms into their stores, Chipotle "respectfully" asked that "customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel." In essence, Chipotle has asked us to disarm and surrender our right to self-defense before entering their restaurants.
Use the form on the next page to sign the petition to Chipotle's CEO, Steve Ells, asking him to issue a common-sense gun policy which allows legally qualified customers to carry concealed handguns into Chipotle stores.