By deferring to the individual franchisees, the corporations are choosing to insulate themselves from a political battle they never wanted to be a part of in the first place, so that they can concentrate on doing business.
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The long gun open carry movement had been steadily earning bad press thanks to a series of unforced public relations tactical errors, which citizen control cult Moms Demand Action From Illegal Mayors In Everytown (MDAFIMIE) has capitalized on in campaigns that have led to (mostly meaningless) letters from a number of establishments asking gun owners to leave their firearms at home.
These letters have been the equivalent of “counting coup” for the citizen control cult, having great spiritual meaning for them, but zero legal effect. It appears that few (if any) of their protests targets have actually posted their establishments to stop citizens from legally carrying guns into their places of business.
Jessica Chasmar is reporting in the Washington Times that other restaurant chains aren’t going to mandate corporate gun polices to franchisees, making the citizen control cults battle that much more difficult.
Restaurant chains are vowing to let individual franchises deal with the gun debate on their own, shortly after Chipotle announced that firearms are no longer welcome in its stores.