Texas gun rights activists engaging in the open carry of their rifles were asked to leave both a Chili’s and a Sonic restaurant, as seen in the two videos here.
Originally posted by the San Antonio, Texas chapter of Open Carry Texas (OCT), the videos show the activists trying to enter the restaurants and employees ask them to leave due to their firearms. The videos were posted earlier this month but have since been removed from the public’s view.
At Chili’s, an employee of the restaurant could be seen telling the group that he needed to check the location’s policies regarding firearms before he could seat them. Then returned and said they needed to leave their firearms outside if they wanted to be allowed in.
“We’d be glad to accommodate you, be happy to sit you and feed you, you just have to leave the firearms outside,” an employee said.
After a brief pause, they turned around and left, with one of the members commenting “This Chili’s is no longer the safest Chili’s to eat at.”
Something very similar unfolded at a Sonic after the members were told to wait at the outdoor seating area. They all promptly canceled their orders and left after that.
“I feel like I’m a kid again, my mom won’t let me do anything,” the cameraman said as they departed the place.
While being able to open carry is a constitutional right, it is also one that should be exercised responsibly which is why Open Carry Texas was one of four gun rights groups that signed onto an open letter last week urging members not to take their rifles into private businesses without permission any longer. This comes after an earlier incident this month where an open carry group went to a Chipotle and caused a massive backlash, prompting the popular restaurant chain to request their customers not bring any firearms into the store.
“Whereas, our mission is to get open carry of handguns passed in Texas, we must once again adjust in a way that shines a positive light on our efforts, our members, and our respective organizations,” The four groups, which include Gun Rights Across America, Come and Take It Texas, and Texas Carry, said in the letter.
“We have decided the prudent path, to further our goals, is to immediately cease taking long guns into corporate businesses unless invited.”
They also issued a set of rules for their members regarding open carry demonstrations:
1) Always notify local law enforcement prior to the walk, especially the day of
2) Carry Flags and signs during your walk to increase awareness
3) Carry the long gun on a sling, not held
4) Do not go into corporate businesses without prior permission, preferably not at all
5) If asked to leave, do so quietly and do not make it a problem
6) Do not post pics publicly if you do get permission and are able to [open carry] in a cooperate business
7) Do not go into businesses with [ Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission] signs posted with a long gun (Ever)
8) If at all possible, keep to local small businesses that are 2A friendly
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