Chipotle is asking customers not to bring guns into its stores after gun rights activists openly displayed assault rifles inside one of its restaurants in Dallas.
Chipotle has historically complied with local laws regarding firearms, but said the recent display has created an environment that is "potentially intimidating or uncomfortable" for many customers.
"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. "We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel."
The announcement from Chipotle came after gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America began circulating a petition calling on Chipotle to ban guns. The group said the petition was triggered by the gun-rights demonstration inside the Dallas Chipotle location.
Chipotle is not the first retailer to take sides in the national gun debate. Last year, Starbucks (NYSE: SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz asked customers to stop bringing firearms to stores and had to close a location to avoid a demonstration by gun rights advocates.
Only a few big chains ban guns entirely, including Costco (NASDAQ: COST) and CVS/pharmacy (NYSE: CVS).
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