Restaurant takes stand against Texas’ new open carry law

Published 9:10 am Monday, July 13, 2015

SAN ANTONIO — An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, taking a stand against a new law allowing the practice in many public places.

The announcement comes one month after the Texas governor signed the bill that made it legal to carry handguns openly on the streets of the Lone Star State. But the law, which takes effect in January, gives private property owners the right to prohibit open carry.

Whataburger has some 780 locations in 10 states. Its CEO, Preston Atkinson, said in an open letter on the company’s website that the chain recognizes that many employees and customers are uncomfortable around visible firearms.

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Industry experts said Whataburger’s decision is expected to spur other restaurants to enact similar policies.