You don’t have to worry about your neighbor brandishing a weapon while eating a Whataburger (with bacon, cheese, onions, mustard, pickles and mayo) when Texas’ new open-carry law goes into effect.
The president and CEO of the San Antonio-based company posted a letter on the burger chain’s website saying that they will not allow the new law to change their ban on the open carrying of weapons.
“Whataburger supports customers’ Second Amendment rights and we respect your group’s position, but we haven’t allowed the open carry of firearms in our restaurants for a long time (although we have not prohibited licensed conceal carry). It’s a business decision we made a long time ago and have stood by, and I think it’s important you know why,” Preston Atkinson wrote on the statement.
He continues, “We’ve had many customers and employees tell us they’re uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm who is not a member of law enforcement, and as a business, we have to listen and value that feedback in the same way we value yours. We have a responsibility to make sure everyone who walks into our restaurants feels comfortable.”
The open-carry law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. Whataburger does allow diners with concealed weapons permits to carry guns.