July 7, 2015      12:22 PM
Most Texas restaurants take a wait and see approach on open carry but not Whataburger
Industry leaders say the change in law may eventually lead to many restaurants simply banning all firearms on their property rather than constantly explaining to customers what’s allowed and what isn’t
an announcement that surprised many in its industry, a major Texas-based fast food
chain has now bluntly told customers not to openly carry firearms in any of its
restaurants in this state or anywhere it operates.
leaders on Tuesday also said that one eventual reaction to the recent change in
Texas law could very well be that many restaurant owners will outright ban all firearms
in their places of business – which is their right as property owners –
regardless of whether those weapons are openly carried or are concealed.
an open letter to the “gun rights community,” Whataburger President and
CEO Preston Atkinson reacted to the
recent change in Texas law by saying that its stores will continue to be places
that customers are welcome to concealed carry with a license. But, openly
carrying a firearm will continue to be prohibited on their property in Texas and
elsewhere, Atkinson said.
had many customers and employees tell us they’re uncomfortable being around
someone with a visible firearm who is not a member of law enforcement, and as a
business, we have to listen and value that feedback in the same way we value
yours,” Atkinson wrote.
By Scott Braddock