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  • #7
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    A concealed weapon is one thing ,to openly carry a rifle into places to intimidate others is ignorant.I will not try to classify those pictured, they could be liberals from all we know ?One thing I would say is they are the type that sends the wrong message .
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    @miketost

    I'm with you on this one...even a holstered pistol on the belt is fine to me but to look like these idiots in the picture is just plain dumb.
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    100% agree. I'm all for being able to carry a CONCEALED weapon in most places but these people are just stupid. They accomplish nothing by posing with their rifles inside a Chipotle and probably ended up hurting their image rather than helping it.
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    Thats why I wonder if they are not plants by those opposed ?If not then they just sadly fall into the fool category.
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  • #5
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    Although I believe in gun rights I have no issue with private organizations making their own rules with regard to guns in their spaces.
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    I have no issue with businesses making their own rules concerning firearms. However, I also have the right to state I will never eat at a Chipotle again. Eating in a restaurant that advertises only the "bad guys" will have guns doesn't give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.
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    @JoseinThrdWrld, I am IN the "open carry" bunch. While I personally think that carrying locked-and-loaded AR15s is tacky, I can understand why they do it in Texas -- it's because long guns are all that they CAN open-carry. I usually carry concealed, unless I'm out with a group of gun-rights advocates. I do, however, open-carry. Usually for OC, it's a cocked-and-locked M1911 .45.
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    I wouldn't want to go out to eat in a restaurant where gun toting people come in. I can see how it would be intimidating because you don't know that person or what they are planning to do with that gun. They are a private business and have the right to say no guns allowed.
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    Depends on the restaurant. At the Red X in Nara Visa NM. open carry is the norm. As are scoped lever actions in many trucks that will be in the parking lot.

    Now if I see a thuggish looking guy in an urban setting, gun or no that will concern me.
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    And people intending to inflict harm on others arent going to be stopped by a "no guns" sign.
    Also, just because someone doesnt appear to be armed doesnt mean they arent armed.
    You are better off watching a persons behavior than fixating on whether or not they are armed.
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    @Yank Why should I or my family not be able to go to a restaurant because somebody wants to bring a weapon with the potential to kill into that restaurant and flaunt it? Are you telling me you wouldn't feel intimidated if a group of people with guns that look like the army should be using them walked into a place where you were trying to have a relaxing dinner? How do I know they didn't come in to rob or shoot up the place?
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    @Thunderchicken I wouldn't go a restaurant like the Red X then. Chipolte made the decision based on business and apparently they thought they would lose customers over it. How is an urban setting different from a rural setting. In either one there could be a crazy person who could start shooting.
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    Just to be clear, they are ASKING their customers to not bring guns into their stores. They're not actually banning them. Much like Starbucks' CEO has "requested" that customers not bring guns into any Starbucks store as well.

    Having said that, the 2 in the picture had supposedly been participating in an Open Carry event in Texas. In Texas, you can't openly carry a handgun but, you can OC a rifle.

    Having said all that, if it had been me, I'd have put the rifle away before I went into any place that was not part of the demonstration.

    At the very least, they should have proper slings on those rifles so they don't look like they're ready to go into combat. But, that's just my opinion.
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    alowe56 So carrying a rifle into a resturant is ok as long as you "have the proper sling."? Therein lies the problem with some of the "OMG they're taking our guns!" NRA spouted drivel.
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    I'm pretty sure I didn't say it was "Ok." I said, "At the very least..." Remember, that demonstration took place in Texas. Despite Texas' history as a "wild and wooly western" state, open carry of handguns is illegal. This was the only way for them to legally open carry.

    On the other hand, I think what they did was pretty stupid. I would have never done what they did.
  • #143
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    Just about any restaurant you eat in has the potential for illegals working there. Just like any hotel you stay in or the vegetables you eat were made possible by illegals.
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    MarkJM
    I don't eat there anyways. I don't support businesses who hire illegal aliens over legal residences/American Citizens.....Besides, much better things to eat out there besides 1500 plus calorie burritos....

    Businesses hire illegals because the politicians allow it .

    Not much if anything happens to employers
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    It's private property. They have the right to say you can't bring a gun in their restaurant just like your neighbor would have the right to say you can't bring a gun when you visit his house.
  • #47
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    It's their choice. The wrong choice, but it's their choice. I don't go to Starbucks anymore because of how they treated a veteran and never been to Chipotle.
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    A private business. They can ban any items that they want to. I would also get rid of sagging pants in wannabe thugs and tube tops on obese women.
  • #184
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    I agree. Lets also ban breast feeding in public. Just as equally offensive as someone's inalienable right to bear arms.
  • #38
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    Does this really even need to be a corporate policy? It is the idiots who would openly carry weapons in such an alarming manner that enflame this debate. Do you really think liberals would be so upset were people not doing things like this in an age of school and workplace mass shootings?
  • #97
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    Exactly.... Conservative gun nuts listen up..... you are making it worse for yourself when you insist on being allowed to openly carry big guns everywhere that scare lots of people, many of whom have been victims of gun violence or have seen the school and workplace shootings. When people are scared they tend to want to make MORE restrictive laws not less.
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    @Darkdreamer ...these loud mouthed gun nuts are severely hurting their own cause but they are too stupid to know it and too numb skulled to listen to reason.
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    @Darkdreamer I'd be more than happy to have nationwide concealed carry be allowed instead of the patchwork of laws that exist.

    We wouldn't be hearing all this uproar if people simply carried concealed in public.

    I certainly have nothing against open carry...except that other people can freak out at the sight of a gun. But, the SMART way is to carry concealed. I've been carrying concealed for more than 20 years and have never had an issue in all the establishments I patronize. I haven't open carried in many years.
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    @RollTide5150 No, I would say anyone so obsessed with guns that they have to carry them everywhere is the problem. Other customers at a restaurant want to enjoy being there without being around other people carrying weapons. The restaurant is doing the right thing .
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  • #37
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    I think if a place of business allows concealed carry that would be wise and I would patronize their business. I can see how people would be freaked out by others open carrying rifles into a business. You don't know whether to relax or run for your life!
  • #110
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    Not so. The incident at the Killeen Luby's happened in 1991, before Texas passed its concealed carry law. Carrying a handgun was illegal under state law.

    When Texas CHL passed, in 1995, Luby's did not put up a "no guns" sign.
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    @LarryArnold Strange - lived in Texas for 38 years - carried off and on for the full time, never questioned by cops. I believe Luby's policy at the time was no guns.
  • #209
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    They have a right to ban guns in their restaurants. As much of a skeptic on gun bans as I am, I cannot comprehend going to a restaurant with ignorant fools showing off their guns.
  • #203
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    I carry a concealed handgun, I have a permit. But I don't even consider open carrying, even though it's legal in Oregon. There is no reason to make others around me feel uncomfortable. Besides, I don't even want other people around me to know I am carrying, it kind of defeats the purpose.
  • #189
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    It is Chipotle's right to set this policy. As a firm believer and supporter of the 2nd amendment there is a lot of common sense that goes with one's ownership and use of firearms. A concealed carry or a properly holstered side arm is one thing in a place like Chipotle. But after looking at the photos posted here seeing those long guns hanging from straps in the ready to use position even when legal and well within their rights to do so is a little over the top in my opinion.
  • #170
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    The headline:
    Guns Are Now Banned From Another Major Restaurant

    In the story:
    "In support of Chipotle's decision - which mind you may not be a full-on ban (yet) despite what some are saying - were these folks:"

    Chipotle's statement:
    "Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
    http://www.examiner.com/article/chipotle-asks...

    Wondering why this is even a story.
  • #167
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    Chipotle or any other public place isn't kindegarten romper room where gun owners can play show and tell. They need to grow up. There's a time and place for looking intimidating and scary. Maybe on Halloween. These aren't little guns hidden away for self protection. If they keep this up, they may find themselves on the receiving of a bullet from a gun carried by a security guard or off duty cop.
  • #78
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    These people are the most ignorant A-holes I've ever seen. What's the point? Is it to feed their own ego. What about the rights of people that don't want to be surrounded by military weapons? A concealed weapon is one thing, but open carrying of these weapons is simply CRAZY! Its time to put a stop to these dangerous demonstrations.
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    Pity there is no military weapons in those pictures. And if you want to speak about ignorant ass holes look in the mirror. If you want to take others rights away atleast be educated a bit about it.
  • #85
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    @Arumizy - look nut bag..... I don't really care about any of your arguments and stupidity. Weapons don't belong in a business open to the public. This is nothing more than ignorance on these people's part, just making a statement for their own selfish benefit. Its a pity you have no understanding of people's rights. Its not one sided, which you choose to believe. Chipotle was absolutely right.... and if you don't like it. don't go there.
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  • #186
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    @tulmon Kinda like the selfish statement made by the mothers group? How about we ban public breast feeding?? Just as equally offensive as limiting someones inalienable right to carry or bear arms.
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    @RollTide5150 - bottom line, these guns do not need to be displayed or carried in public places. Most people do not feel safe with this kind of self serving behavior. We are not a country of guns. There are laws for those who are allowed to carry concealed weapons, and I'm ok with that. But to carry around these military style weapons is pure lunacy.
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