Moms Launch Petition Calling On Chipotle To Prohibit Firearms After Gun Extremist Group Holds Semi-Automatic Rifle-Carrying Dem

   Moms Launch Petition Calling On Chipotle To Prohibit Firearms After Gun
 Extremist Group Holds Semi-Automatic Rifle-Carrying Demonstration At Dallas
                           Restaurant This Weekend

Petition Follows Previous Moms Demand Action Corporate Public Safety Victories
with Starbucks, Facebook, Instagram, Jack in the Box; #BurritosNotBullets

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, May 19, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Moms Demand Action for
Gun Sense in America launched a national petition today calling on Chipotle
CEO Steve Ells to prohibit firearms in its restaurants after a demonstration
organized by a gun extremist group brought gunmen armed with semi-automatic,
loaded assault weapons (photos here) into a Dallas-area store this weekend.

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The petition to Chipotle, which can be found here, comes on the heels of a
similar event at a Fort Worth, Texas Jack in the Box store that terrified
employees so much that, according to local police, they locked themselves in
the freezer. After Moms Demand Action launched a petition, Jack in the Box
responded by announcing that it would enforce a prohibition of guns in its
stores, stating that, "the presence of guns inside a restaurant could create
an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended
consequences." A recent example of this is when a gun owner accidentally
discharged his gun while paying for his food at a Chipotle in Utah earlier
this year. The potential for risk may be increased given that Chipotle sells
alcohol and research from the U.S. Department of Justice found that
approximately 40 percent of those convicted of homicide had been drinking at
the time of their offense.

Texas law allows people to openly carry loaded rifles in public with
absolutely no training, permitting, or minimum age requirement. Combined with
estimates that 40 percent of gun sales occur without a background check in the
U.S., this means that people can legally carry loaded rifles inTexaswithout
ever having passed a criminal background check. There is no way for
employees, customers, law enforcement or municipalities to know who these
armed men are and whether they pose a threat.

"Moms want to know that when we take our families out to eat burritos, we
won't be confronted with bullets," saidShannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand
Action for Gun Sense in America. "We support the Second Amendment but we also
need to feel safe and secure in the places we take our children. In states
where no background checks or training are required to buy semi-automatic
rifles and carry them openly in public, businesses have a duty to protect
their employees and patrons. That's why we are calling on Chipotle and other
businesses to follow Starbucks' lead and make a clear statement that firearms
are not welcome in their restaurants."

Moms Demand Action previously launched petitions that garnered hundreds of
thousands of signatures asking Starbucks, Facebook, and Instagram to reform
the companies' gun policies to make customers and communities safer.
Starbucks announced that guns are no longer welcome in its stores as a result
of the campaign. Facebook and Instagram also announced changes to block
illegal gun sales after 230,000 Americans signed a Moms Demand Action petition
asking for stronger protections against illegal gun sales on the two social
media platforms.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding
drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to
build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots
movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax
gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and
families. Since its inception after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting,
Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and
is part of Everytown for Gun Safety along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country
with more than 1.5 million supporters including moms, mayors, survivors, and
everyday Americans who are fighting for reforms that respect the Second
Amendment and protect people. For more information or to get involved Follow us on Facebook on Twitter at @MomsDemand

Erika Soto Lamb: or 646.580.5281

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