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DENVER — Mexican fast-food eatery Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is asking customers to not bring guns to their restaurants following a meeting of open carry activists in a Texas restaurant this past weekend.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America circulated a petition calling on Chipolte to ban guns.

The petition was a response to an “armed trip” to a Dallas-area Chipotle by representatives of Open Carry Texas. The trip included 20 members who brought their military-style guns into a restaurant.

“Moms want to know that when we take our families out to eat burritos, we won’t be confronted with bullets,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots activism network she formed in the wake of the Newtown murders that is now under the umbrella of Bloomberg’s $50 million Everytown movement.

In a statement Monday, Denver-based Chipotle said the company has never taken a stance on the issue before. “Historically, we felt enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms,” the statement said.

However, “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers,” the statement said. “Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

In February a gun owner with a conceal carry permit dropped his handgun inside a Utah Chipotle.  The gun discharged, but no one was hurt.

Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham told Forbes that this past weekend’s activity was not a demonstration, but simply a meal following an event.

“We don’t go there just to carry guns into a restaurant,” he said. “We always let the manager know we’re coming. We try very hard to make people feel comfortable.”

Last year, Starbucks Corp. also told customers that guns were no longer welcome in its cafes after it had to temporarily close a store in Newton, Connecticut, to avoid a demonstration by gun rights advocates.

Chipotle noted in its statement that “there are strong arguments on both sides of this issue.” It said it hoped that customers who oppose carrying guns in public agree that “it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area.”


  • Test

    Shannon Watts does not understand the difference between a gun and a bullet? Maybe these moms need some education before they demand action.

    • LittletonMom

      Shannon Watts doesnt know facts from the fiction she spews, while she is surrounded by armed body guards

    • Armed Infidel

      Shannon Watts isn’t bright enough to dress herself in the morning. She is taking marching orders from Bloomterd. It will be interesting to see Chipotle’s response in a couple of months. Starbutts caved.

  • Pablo S. Guapo

    This is disappointing. This is not about safety, bug about Chipotle calculating that they would lose more business from uptight mommies than firearm carrying customers I will carry my Ruger pistol, and my money, somewhere else from now on.

  • Anonymous

    great another place I will not visit or spend money at along with sprouts, starbucks ,now chipotles wake up people do you really think criminals are going to abide by this? criminals and wackos go where there is no chance of someone shooting back at them.

  • Rk69611

    As a gun rights supporter, there is zero value in a bunch of dudes showing up at a restaurant with ar’s and other black rifles.

  • smokeegyrl

    i know the difference between a gun a bullet.. without a bullet the gun can’t kill… with the bullet it can kill… it killed my nephew 10 years ago and the killer was just caught. I signed this petition. I will not be going to any restaurant or stores that guns are allowed on premises. We already have to worry about those who rob, steal, and murder with stolen guns that don’t have permits. Now we have to worry about those who legally are permitted to carry guns without a background check and possibly have mental issues or lack thereof!

    • Daniel

      so my cousin was shot in the head with a gun from a gang the broke down the door to their house. A family member of mine shot back and got 3 of the gang members. Police where no where to be seen.. It took 24 minutes from them to arrive the call was placed 5 minuets before they broke down the door.. without that gun I would have 5 dead family members.. Guns save more life of innocent people then non innocent. someone can as easy kill a bunch of people with a cooking knife like in England. No gun involved at all, bunch of dead kids again..

      in fact the gun was stolen from a law enforcement officers house…
      and yes a killer may or may not be caught- they have the Chance to be released early also and recommit the same crime

      permitted to carry guns without a background check with a permit is also false. one must have a Full Federal background check to get a Carry permit… Let me see Military officers have gone insane.. Police have gone insane with guns and killed… they also have had background checks and mental checks..

    • alphaomega80537

      So, what you’re saying is that when you’re sitting at Chipolte, and some gang member comes in with a gun to rob it, you’re going to stand up and demand he leave? If he doesn’t and starts shooting the place up, I take it you will NOT be calling ARMED police to come and remove him. Correct?

      • smokeegyrl

        That is a stupid analogy! You know what analogy is right… ANAL -OG- Y ???? First of all, if I was in Chipolte and he got robbed.. it just gets robbed… they have insurance to cover their loss… if you don’t do anything to get the person upset who robs it… you will be fine… Nobody should try to play hero… and besides I don’t go to Chipolte’s don’t like the food..

  • Anonymous

    Quite a few places that will never see another dime from me.

    AMC Theatres
    Bank of America
    Bloomin’ Brands (Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and others)
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    California Pizza Kitchen
    Chuck E. Cheese’s
    Cinemark Theatres
    CNN/Time Warner
    Comcast/NBC Universal
    Jack in the Box / Qdoba Mexican Grill
    Jo-Ann Stores
    Peet’s Coffee and Tea
    Sprouts Farmers Market
    Sterling Jewelers (Kay, Jared, Shaw & others)
    T.G.I. Friday’s (and all Carlson Companies)
    The New York Times Company
    Toy’s R Us / Babies R Us
    US Bank
    Waffle House
    Whole Foods Market

    • thisismyboomstick

      Well congrats on being to copy & paste. As a long time firearms owner and concealed carry permit holder I could almost take your feigned outrage seriously except I doubt Joann Fabrics, CNN and the NY Times will really miss your money since you don’t spend any there. Just leave your weapon in the car.

      • David

        I would be glad to leave my gun in my car. As soon as you assure me that my 9 and 7 year old won’t be the next victim of some mentally ill kid whose parent decided to buy them guns and let them spend days at a time in a dark basement playing Call of Duty. Or some cracked out thug won’t decide to rob the place we are eating in so he can get his next high. Until clueless people get a grip and stop trying to dictate how I can take care of my family I will take Chipotle off our list of places to eat.

  • Bob

    A little convenient since Bloomberg (who is holding MDA’s purse strings) announced he’s dumping in $50M to ban firearms. Buying a few plants to convince people that going into a restaurant with rifles would be a drop in that bucket. If it didn’t follow the same pattern of events for a few different places, it wouldn’t be so suspicious.

  • annpirie

    Chipotle will lose a lot of good business. Criminals do not obey gun laws for starters and for sure won’t be obeying Chipotle’s new procedure.

  • alphaomega80537

    It looks like Qdoba will be getting my business then. I won’t be a victim of a “gun free zone”. Qdoba doesn’t have this policy (at least the one in Loveland). My son owns a business that requires him to be armed, and he also won’t eat there. We quit eating at Buffalo Wild Wings as well.

  • JoeCO

    If you support gun rights I would think you also support the rights of business owners to make decisions that impact the business. If you want to bring your gun out with you get a license to conceal and then no one will ever know. Putting on this display at a burrito joint seems pretty unnecessary.

  • Test

    That’s the beauty of concealed carry. PC businesses can “don’t ask, don’t tell”, the intolerant gun haters don’t get offended and the crooks don’t know who can shoot back.

    IMHO. I think it’s just not likely that the gun haters are going to become more tolerant, and to me it’s just not worth it to get them riled up.

  • TyrannyOfEvilMen

    The beauty of concealed carry is that you don’t need to consider other people’s feelings over your own personal safety.

  • alphaomega80537

    With more and more crazy fascist progressives contracting the “scary black gun syndrome” which gives them a fear of inanimate objects, it’s time this state simply passes Constitutional Carry, so that any person who can LEGALLY possess a firearm can do so and carry it concealed without a permit.

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