Open invitation to thugs.
On September 8, Panera Bread bakery-cafes joined Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Chili’s, Sonic, and Target in asking law-abiding customers to shop unarmed in its stores.
The news originally broke on Twitter, where Everytown for Gun Safety tweeted Panera’s request: “Please don’t bring guns into our cafes.”
According to the Huffington Post, Panera released the following statement:
Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth. This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates.