Despite Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s ongoing push to shame businesses into banning guns in their stores, 57,000 businesses have posted “guns welcome” or similar signs on their front doors.
Moms Demand has persuaded just five businesses — Target, Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Chili’s, and Sonic — to ask customers to leave their guns at home. They were also able to pressure a sixth business, Starbucks, into asking open carry practitioners not to be so flamboyant about visibly carrying guns in their stores. (None agreed to ban Guns)
That’s a total of six businesses, which is 56,994 less than the current total of those who are embracing guns in their bars, restaurants and other businesses.
The Washington Times reports that one of the businesses welcoming guns is Chicken Express in Bossier City, Louisiana. That particular Chicken Express did a special, one-time Saturday night give-away where patrons “who showed up with a concealed carry license… received a free combo meal.” The store owner said it was the busiest Saturday night his restaurant ever had.
Other businesses on the “guns welcome” list include Leesburg, Virginia’s The Cajun Experience. They have a weekly Wednesday night special encouraging patrons to come with a handgun either concealed or carried openly.
Owner Bryan Crosswhite explained: “This is a Virginia restaurant and we abide by Virginia state laws, which allow for open carry or concealed carry in a restaurant — why should I hinder that?”
On July 23 Breitbart News reported that Shiloh Brew and Chew in Maryville, Tennessee, posted a “Guns Are Welcome” sign on their front door and have watched their business increase every since. And on June 29 Breitbart News reported that the owners of Shooters Grill, in Rifle, Colorado, are going out of their way to encourage patrons to carry guns into the restaurant.
These restaurants and tens of thousands of others are fighting back against the gun control campaign that has, thus far, convinced six corporate chains to ask their law-abiding patrons to show up unarmed.
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AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.
His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.