An AR-15 assault rifle
Leaders of Second Amendment rights groups in Texas are at odds with their membership after a string of national restaurant chains, including Chipotle
, Chili's, Starbucks, Wendy's, Applebees, Sonic and Jack in the Box, have told patrons packing heat to pack up or get rid of their guns, Mother Jones reports
In a joint statement
released May 23 by leadership of Open Carry Texas, Texas Carry, Come And Take It and Gun Rights Across America asked members to "take a step back and make an objective assessment of what we are trying to accomplish and help us to get open carry passed for everyone" by adhering to an eight-point plan discouraging open carriers from going into 2A-unfriendly corporate businesses.
"We have decided the prudent path, to further our goals, is to immediately cease taking long guns into corporate businesses unless invited," the statement said.
That doesn't sit well with rank-and-file open carry advocates. Wrote commenter "htuser:"
"If all you accomplish lately is turning gun-friendly places into non gun-friendly places, then knock it the hell off. What you’re eventually going to accomplish is getting both governor candidates to change their mind about supporting pistol OC."
An unnamed Texas commentator quoted in Mother Jones
said about the move, "As expected there are those who object to this new policy because they feel it is a form of surrender."
Below are videos of open carry advocates being asked to leave Sonic Drive-In and Chili's: