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Chipotle says no to guns

By Ryan Hite     May 20, 2014 in Politics
Chipotle is asking customers not to bring guns into its stores after it says gun rights advocates posted a picture of military-style assault rifles inside one of its restaurants in Texas. The two men started an entire movement in the Denver based chain
In a statement on Monday, the company said that, through the picture, "the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers."
The announcement came after a petition by the advocate group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has called on other chains to do the same. The group said its petition was in reaction to open-carry gun activists taking a picture of their time at a Dallas-area Chipotle restaurant.
Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for the advocate group, said the move by Chipotle was a "bold statement," especially considering local laws on guns, which is a very hot issue. Businesses can act on the right to ban guns, but many states allow individuals to carry firearms.
A Chipotle spokesman didn't respond when asked if the company's request was an outright ban or how it would respond if people continued to bring guns into restaurants.
Starbucks faced a similar issue and stopped short of banning guns outright. They cited that it would be risky for employees to ask people carrying guns to leave its stores. The Starbucks incident happened in Newton, Connecticut, shortly after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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