57,000 Businesses Fight Back, Post ‘Guns Welcome’ Signs On Front Door

By AWR Hawkins

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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  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.

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  • 8 thoughts on “57,000 Businesses Fight Back, Post ‘Guns Welcome’ Signs On Front Door

    1. I believe that any business in the United States has the right to welcome or prohibit individuals carrying firearms (concealed or open Carry). At the same time, patrons should have the right to decide where they want to spend their hard earned dollars. It would be great if the NRA, GOA, and other nation-wide or state organizations put together a detailed list of businesses, movie chains, actors, directors, producers, etc. who openly profess pro gun or anti-gun sentiments so we can take our dollars and patronize those businesses and those individuals who share our values.

    2. where do I get a sign like that? Details please. The backlash against bullying by antigunners should be appreciated, by any freedom-loving American. I think that if there had been any problems with guns in these posted establishments, we would have heard about it in headlines.

    3. Just FYI – I live in TX, where the concealed carry law specifies the exact wording required for a sign banning concealed carry on the premises. This is pretty well known around here, so it’s generally not an “ignorance of the law” issue when such signs are not posted. I’ve never been to a Chipotle Grill (after all, down here by the border there are tons of really good, non-chain, Mexican restaurants), but I do go to Target, Starbuck’s, Jack-in-the-Box, Sonic, and occasionally Chili’s, and NONE of them that I’ve been to, have actually posted signage to ban concealed carry on their premises. Even the normally (by corporate policy) anti-gun Costco has taken down their original sign (“in order to get a proper one that conforms to TX laws”) more than a year and a half ago, and never put up another gun-banning sign of any type. I spoke to their manager, essentially telling him I’d want my membership money back if such a sign went up, and he indicated that they were well aware of the general feeling in the public and had no intention of putting up a new sign unless forced to by corporate HQ. So I suspect that the companies who give lip service to MDA et al, are doing just that…giving them immediate lip service, without any actual bite.

    4. About a month or so ago there was one problem at one these places an idiot tried to pull a robbery and wound up facing several guns, needless to say he gave up without a problem. We need more places that allow people to carry their guns. If I had a business you can bet that people would be allowed to have their weapon with them.

    5. What would be interesting to know is what if any violent use of a gun has occured in any of these businesses or if there has been any negligent discharges of firearms.

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