Subway issued new guidelines prohibiting people, except law enforcement officers from openly displaying firearms within its establishments across the country including in states where the law allows open carry.
“For the consideration and comfort of restaurant employees and guests, Subway respectfully requests that guests (other than authorized law enforcement) refrain from openly displaying firearms inside restaurants – even in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted,” the statement reads.
The latest announcement comes after intense pressure by gun control activists led by Democratic senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Gun control organizations such as Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Rising, Daily Kos, and Guns Down America, which have been campaigning for the ban since May. The groups started an online petition to ban firearms on the Subway, gathering 43,000 signatures.
The gun control activists wrote a letter to the Subway CEO, Mr. John Chidsey, asking him to ban open carry to send a strong message about his commitment to the safety of his customers and employees. They also sent 3,175 letters to Subway executives asking them to push for the ban.
The coalition of anti-Second Amendment groups issued a statement in celebration of the ban saying “American businesses feel the impact of our lax gun laws on a daily basis.” They said the subway was setting an example for other companies to follow.
Despite their celebration, it is unclear how far the Subway will go to enforce the ban considering the vague language used in its statement. Citizens have the option to politely decline the request because their personal safety is not negotiable. Neither do criminals politely request law-abiding citizens to hand over their belongings.
Although the ban does not include concealed weapons, it will inconvenience law-abiding citizens traveling with their long guns. Gun control activists have been nibbling on the rights of citizens to defend themselves by harassing businesses into submission.
Retailers such as CVS, Kroger, Starbucks, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and Wegmans have also been forced to adopt similar measures, setting a dangerous precedent. We need to support businesses that can stand up to these liberals who are hellbent on taking our rights away.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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