Burger-craving gun lovers are outraged over Whataburger’s policy against openly carrying firearms inside the fast food chain’s Texas restaurants.
The state will allow licensed gun owners to legally carry handguns in belt or shoulder holsters starting in January -- although individual business owners will be allowed to ban weapons if they display signs that conform to strict rules on appearance, wording and text size.
The company’s president and CEO, Preston Atkinson, said he personally enjoys hunting and holds a concealed carry permit – but he said the restaurant’s customers have said they’re uncomfortable eating around others who are openly carrying rifles and pistols.
Gun lovers expressed outrage on Twitter over the company’s decision.
http://t.co/ZgG0xWSCtn I'm uncomfortable eating in a place that doesn't respect the Constitution. I've had my last WhatTheFuckBuger.— TeriDavisNewman (@TeriDavisNewman) 1436786582.0
They decide to pick & choose laws to follow in Texas, then we choose not to patronize. #2A #tcot TELL EVERYONE! https://t.co/LCy58EfFf3— K.L. Harrison (@K.L. Harrison) 1436786861.0
@Whataburger Bad move. Texans fought hard for open carry. #Whataburger=NOT_Texan. No open carry = lose a 40+ year customer...— Art Weaver (@Art Weaver) 1436780074.0
Some gun lovers compared the company’s decision to ban openly carried firearms – although concealed weapons are still permitted, as they have been for years – to the owner of an Indiana pizza shop’s stance against serving food at a same-sex wedding.
@serobbins so its "taking a stand" and "paving the way" when whataburger refuses service, but "bigoted hatred" when memories pizza does?— JohnF (@JohnF) 1436787164.0
Other gun lovers made racist statements, as so frequently happens during political debates.
. @Whataburger fam? It's a Guilt ridden Lib or an affirmative action empl writing these tweets.Either way, Anti White bigots run the show— Chris Tatasciore (@Chris Tatasciore) 1436781139.0
Many Twitter users failed to understand that Texas law allows individual business owners to prohibit firearms on their property.
Some would-be heroes warned the fast food chain that their customers would be endangered by the decision.
@Whataburger When I'm at Whataburger I'm without my handgun...which is why I don't Whataburger anymore!— Raymond Martinez Jr (@Raymond Martinez Jr) 1436782171.0