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(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.


  • William Denison

    Iowa lawmakers are going to have to hit the taco truck for a burrito now.They better hope the cook don’t know some of them are republicans cuz they may just get some bonus ingredients.

  • Brian

    Translation: Law abiding citizens may not carry guns in Chipotle stores, so criminals, feel free to rob Chipotle and their customers without any fear that people will be able to defend themselves.

    Also, one should note that a lot of these so-called gun groups doing this kind of stuff are actually left wing fronts trying to drum up support for their anti-2nd Amendment positions by doing crazy things like this stunt. The actions of these radicals are not the actions of responsible gun owners.

    Lastly, the term “assault rifle” is a made-up term used by the media. in reality, a so-called assault is simply a rifle, just like any other, but it is black in color and that is just, oh soooooo scary, to those ignorant of firearms.

    • BrutallyHonest

      You are partly correct, however in order to be an Assault Rifle it must be semi-auto or fully-automatic. A bolt action rifle is not considered an assault rifle.

  • Amy

    Well, they lost my business. Seems to me I’d be more vulnerable to being shot at while eating there if I can’t have a weapon to use in my own self defense.

  • Margaret

    Bravo, Chipotle. I have no idea why anyone would need a gun while eating, so I don’t see what difference not having one there makes.

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