Chipotle to Customers: Leave the Gun, Take the Burrito

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Bring your appetite… but not your guns.

That’s the message from Chipotle after a social media campaign after gun rights activists openly displayed their assault rifles inside one of its restaurants in Dallas this past weekend.

“Recently, participants from an “open carry” demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort,” said Chipotle’s Chris Arnold in statement. “We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

An anti-gun activist group called “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” began a Twitter campaign on Monday against customers bringing guns into Chipotle.

The group, which was formed after the mass shooting of children in Sandy Hook, posted a photograph on its Twitter account of two guys carrying guns inside a Chipotle restaurant. The Twitter handle @MomsDemand asked customers to tell Chipotle that such images are not “acceptable,” and that “we won’t feed our kids next to armed gunmen.”

Chipotle response came within 24 hours of the campaign.

On Tuesday, the group tweeted: WE WON! @ChipotleTweets says #BurritosNotBullets No more guns in stores.

Last year, Starbucks also told customers they shouldn’t bring guns into its stores. The company said the debate about whether people should openly carry guns had become increasingly uncivil and that the chain did not want its stores to be used as a political stage.

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5 comments

  • Skillpot

    Well, now, ‘brown cow,’ seems it is best to stay away from Chipotle! Anyway, why would one need to take a gun into any food establishment

    • tim

      Luby’S. restaurant 1991. That’s why !!!! 43 people shot nobody had a gun to shoot back. Many people were shot in the head execution style. Now carrying rifles is a bit ridiculous . I carry my concealed weapon almost everywhere you just never know….

      • Bill

        I lost two friends in that Luby’s shooting. There would have been more deaths if a young man hadn’t thrown a chair through a window so folks could get out.

  • Victor

    I know one of the victims brothers from the TGIF shooting. His brother was killed. Guess what only the criminal had a gun !!!!! If they are going to be anti-gun then I will eat else where and hope others will too. I don’t carry much but people should have a right to protect themselves from robberies and being shot by a crazy person. Sounds like they picked the anti-gun crowd to me.

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