*UPDATE* 5/20/14 Chipotle asks customers not to bring guns into its stores
The Denver-based company notes that it has traditionally complied with local laws regarding open and concealed firearms.
But in a statement, the company said that “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”
A Chipotle spokesman didn’t immediately respond when asked if it was an outright ban.
Gun advocates were welcomed into a Dallas-area Chipotle this weekend to dine and pose for pictures while armed with assault weapons and semiautomatic handguns.
When asked for a comment about this activity, a Chipotle customer service representative emailed, “We follow all local laws and plan to continue to do so.”
Chipotle has refused to prohibit open carry inside its stores even though it has every right to do so as a private business.
In Texas, no background check, license, training, or age limit is required to carry a loaded AR15.
A gun was accidentally discharged inside a Chipotle store earlier this year.
Chipotle also serves alcohol.
They also claim to be going virtually GMO free.