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Mixing Burritos with Bullets: Open Carry Activists Bring Assault Rifles into Fast Food Restaurant

Chipotle wants to make it clear. Guns and fast food do not mix.

“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,” the Denver-based chain said in a  statement to the local news. “Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

The statement is a response to a petition filed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America who were upset by the fact that open-carry activists brought assault rifles into a Dallas-based restaurant this weekend, one of a number of recent incidents at chain restaurants aimed at protesting what pro-gun activists see as an encroachment on gun freedoms.

“Gun extremists flooded into a Dallas-area Chipotle this weekend, alarming customers and raising serious questions about public safety throughout the chain restaurant’s 1,600 locations,” the petition reads.

The petition also said the concerned moms were told there was little they could do about the gun-toting guests who invaded the family friendly store.

“When asked about their corporate policy on guns in stores, a spokesperson said, “We follow all local laws and plan to continue to do so” — even though many state gun laws are so lax that individuals with no background check or training can buy semi-automatic rifles and carry them openly, and loaded, in public,” the petition continues.  “Plus, most Chipotle locations serve alcohol, setting up a potentially dangerous mix.”

While Chipotle headquarters did ask that gun owners not bring guns into their stores, they also made it clear that they were not weighing in on the open-carry debate.

“The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request,” the corporate statement read. “And we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.”

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