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PHOTOS: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

PHOTOS: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

PHOTOS: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

PHOTOS: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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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17 comments

  • wake up

    Its amazing how ignorant people are.”I won’t feed my kid next to a gunman” Ever heard of concealed carry? Most people you sit beside carry a gun and you wouldn’t ever know it. I conceal carry in a coach purse but you wouldn’t think I had a gun.

    • sw

      You need to wake up. I don’t care if you are conceal carrying in a prada purse. People don’t want to see people coming in a restaurant with assault weapons. Get over yourself.

  • snicoled05

    You can’t conceal an assault rifle… Who needs one of those? I think it’s foolish to carry such weapon. They are only effective in heavy battle. So when’s the last time you’ve been to war? … My nine suits me just fine.

    • Elijah Daugherty

      Low recoil, and much easier to control than a pistol or a shotgun make them appealing for self defense.
      They are not just good for “Battle”. They are semi-auto rifles, which have multiple purposes; you’re letting the image get to you.

  • wake up

    My boyfriend has an AR and he has been to war. It’s your right to own whatever gun you want.

    • sw

      Please stop posturing. No one cares what kind of purse you own or what kind of gun your boyfriend owns. Every business has a right to say no to you carrying a loaded weapon into their establishment. If you don’t like it then don’t go there. It really is that simple. You want your rights but at the same time want to take theirs away.

  • Gerry

    Ha ha! This sure isn’t a well-regulated militia!!! Anyone that takes them on will win hands down!!!! I agree, a small purse or pocket gun will provide more protection than these clowns!!!

  • Johnnie G

    Typical abuse of the 2nd Amendment as well as the “it is all about me” egoism that is rampant in our society.
    Either the “gunners” are fearful or egoists.
    Stay home!

  • sw

    I think some people on here have real nerve to call others ignorant just because they would like to eat in a restaurant without feeling like they are under some kind of marshal law. Everyone has rights and yours do not trump someone else’s.

  • brian

    “We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

    unless authorized by Hitler to carry guns

  • Elijah Daugherty

    “We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

    Right… Like the law enforcement aren’t people who make mistakes too.
    What is it with society and putting law enforcement and military as the epitome of security and safety?

    Anyways, i agree that this isn’t necessary, and it only defeats the initial purpose. All they are doing is scaring people and making us look bad.

    • Troll

      gun worshipers are doing a great job of making themselves look bad. you don’t need any help.

  • OneLessBurrito

    I am a responsible gun owner who carries daily, and these guys are clowns. Use a little common sense next time please. I used to frequent many of these establishments, but won’t be able to now, because the world is a dangerous place and I refuse to go unarmed.

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