No Guns Allowed at Chili's or Sonic Drive-Ins
Whether you’re craving an Awesome Blossom with Chili’s special tangy sauce or a Route 44 Coca-Cola with cherry and chocolate (hey, don’t knock it until you try it! It’s DELISH!) from your local Sonic Drive-In, be sure you’re not packin’ because these two restaurant chains have adopted a no-guns policy.
Adding their corporate voices to a growing number of eateries asking customers not to bring their guns, USA Today indicated that this announcement was prompted by recent demonstrations by open-carry activists who brought rifles and shotguns into Sonic and Chili’s in Texas.
What struck a nerve with me was Chili’s. They serve alcohol and Texas law prohibits rifles and shotguns where alcohol is served…probably a rather smart idea since alcohol and guns don’t particularly mix well. So, I can see why Chili’s banned guns from their eating establishments.
However, most Sonics are quick drive-up, order, eat and leave type of restaurants in which people typically eat in their vehicles or under the patio and no alcohol is served. So, if someone wants to bring their gun legally to Sonic, the key word being “legally,” should this be a big deal?
Sonic’s corporate voice did say that they would follow local and state laws regarding carrying guns in vehicles; but in the meantime, if you want to enjoy Chili’s or Sonic (or Chipotle, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box or Applebee’s for that matter) and you plan on eating inside or on their patios, you have to leave the guns at home.
(Although, I guess technically, on the way home from the shooting range you could drive-in and order your favorite Sonic beverage…as long as you and your gun stay in your vehicle!)
So, readers, what are you opinions on this?
Should it be a big deal to carry guns into or on the patios of eating establishments that don’t serve alcohol?
Should people be able to bring guns into all restaurants no matter if alcohol is served or not?
And, if you do happen to try my suggested beverage at Sonic, a cherry-chocolate Coca-Cola, be sure to let me know what you think!
As always, I look forward to your reactions, thoughts and opinions, so let’s discuss!
Posted by Ginger Hill on Jun 02, 2014