No-Gun Policies Announced by Chili's, Sonic

Sonic and Chili’s on Friday both announced policies banning guns from their dining rooms.

Sonic and Chili’s on Friday both announced policies banning guns from their dining rooms. Credit: Patch File
Sonic and Chili’s on Friday both announced policies banning guns from their dining rooms. Credit: Patch File
By Kara Seymour

Two national restaurant chains are among the latest to ask customers to leave their firearms behind when they dine.

Sonic and Chili’s on Friday both announced policies banning guns from their dining rooms.

The announcements were prompted after recent open carry demonstrations at several Texas restaurants, including Chili’s, Sonic and Chipotle, caused controversy among customers. Chipotle announced earlier in May, following the demonstrations, that guns were not welcomed in their restaurants. 

“We’ve considered the views and desires of our customers and employees that staff the drive-ins across the country. Accordingly, we’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas,” Sonic said in a statement Friday.

Chili’s announced a similar policy. “We kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants,” a statement from Chili’s parent company, Brinker International, said.

According to USA Today, Open Carry Texas upset customers when its members deliberately brought assault-style weapons into several Texas restaurant chains earlier this month. The incidents prompted the companies involved to review their policies on guns.

“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,” the company statement said.

Open Carry Texas is planning a demonstration at a Texas Home Depot Saturday, which it is billing as the “greatest open carry that Tarrant County has ever seen.”

Kimberly InTransition Lester June 07, 2014 at 07:15 AM
I guess next we will have legal public shoot outs at noon on Peachtree for all the Wild West enthusiasts with their guns hanging from their hips. Open carry is the most idiotic thing I have heard from other wise sane people. No. I will not sit in a reastaurant with some idiot who has an assault riffle hanging around his pot belly and try to read his mind to determine if it is there for safety or if he is a mass murderer waiting for his sweet spot for killing. The NRA must have found a way to hypnotize people and make them into complete idiots for this to be legal now.
Fatkat June 08, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Geeze Kimberly , must you be such a drama queen? You need to get your head out of the sand and look around! There's many instances where there was a mass shooting and many people died and were injured, and if just one person had of been carrying a handgun, they could have taken the shooter out and saved many lives!
Kimberly InTransition Lester June 12, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Fatkat, I am no drama queen and my head is not in the sand. Maybe those negative terms apply to you, not me. Please tell me, now that we are averaging one of these types of killings a week now, that you would not remove your loved ones from an environment in which a person you do not know and whose mind you can not read has a semiautomatic weapon strapped to him as he sits in a restaurant. By the way, this last kid in Oregon who had these high power weapons got them from a secured area in his home. I am sure his dad was an NRA member and had his weapons legally.
Lone Stranger June 12, 2014 at 09:00 AM
David just cant help himself. Gee David why dont you just become a hari krishna dude?
Fatkat June 16, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Kimberly, your head is definitely stuck in not sand , but quicksand! I strongly believe in ones right to carry a weapon , and no I would not "remove a loved one from an environment that had someone packing a semi automatic" , I'd dine there more often! You are most definitely a drama queen! I stand by my comments!


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