Whataburger: No ‘open carry’ in our restaurants despite new Texas law
The president of Whataburger said in a statement that patrons will continue to be prohibited from openly carrying firearms inside the company’s nearly 800 restaurants.
Preston Atkinson, the San Antonio-based company’s president and CEO, said patrons who are licensed to carry concealed weapons will still be allowed to do so, but visible carrying of firearms is prohibited in the statement, which was published on the company’s site July 2. SOURCE
At 1st glance some folks were going OFF on What-A-Burger until they read the part about *concealed carry* being perfectly alright as long as you held a license.
I’m good with that, you see, I am NOT a big proponent of *open carry*, I mean, if that’s what you want to do, OK by me, but I prefer to have surprise on my side as opposed to making myself the 1st target in the place.
After reading the reasons WHY What-A-Burger stated for the *no open carry* policy I can’t argue so much as one word against them.
A number of businesses, as well as police officers, have been targeted by gun rights activists in Texas and throughout the nation in recent years. The activists would often film themselves carrying a rifle over their shoulder and gauge and often combat the response of staff or officers.
These demonstrations resulted in a number of businesses, including Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Chipotle, Sonic, Chili’s and Target, banning firearms on their property
You can thank morons like Kory Watkins for the reasons some businesses are not allowing open carry or concealed carry. Watkins, a mental midget, walks around like he’s some kind of a badass with an AK-47 on his shoulder as he threatens Texas Legislators with violence if they don’t pass OPEN CARRY for Texas. He has done far more harm than good in Texas.
You may remember this piece a while back: Stop Helping us Kory Watkins. Watkins and his ilk damned near sunk any chance of open carry through their ridiculous and terribly juvenile antics.
Today concealed carry is 100% legal and on January 1, 2016 open carry will be legal as well, but if a business or property owner states that they will NOT allow open carry on their property or in their establishment then they are well within their rights and there is no sense in complaining. It’s THEIR right!
An owner is also within his rights to disallow concealed carry in his place of business as well, and I won’t gripe about that either, it’s their place and their right!
I just won’t spend MY money in THEIR business. That is MY right!