” Lauren Boebert, mother of four and owner of the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., didn’t plan on becoming the poster girl for open-carry gun laws.
But after a man died violently in the alley behind her grill last year, she started packing a pistol at her restaurant.
” I’m a small girl and I wanted to protect myself, my employees and my customers, if needed,” said Boebert, who waits tables with a Springfield XD sub compact semi-automatic handgun holstered to her hip. She also allows other waitresses and customers to openly carry their guns in her restaurant.
The Shooters Grill is not alone. Other restaurants around the country are celebrating openly carrying a firearm in public by offering a discount to customers who bring their guns, or by selling tchotchkes that declare their support for guns.
” Guns are welcome on the premises,” read the T-shirts and coffee cups peddled on the web site of Shiloh Brew and Chew in Maryville, Tennessee. “Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”
Other restaurants, including All Around Pizza and Deli in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats of Port Allen, Louisiana, and The Cajun Experience in Leesburg, Virginia, are offering discounts to pistol-packing patrons.
” If you’re exercising your Second Amendment rights, you get 10 percent off,” said Bryan Crosswhite, who hosts “Second Amendment Wednesdays” at The Cajun Experience. He also runs an organization for gun-supporting businesses called 2amendment.
Not everyone thinks it’s a great idea. Boebert and Crosswhite both said they received death threats from people they described as anti-gun.
These family-run restaurants are going in the opposite direction of corporations like Target, Starbucks, Chipotle, Sonic, Chili’s and Panera, which recently told their customers that guns are not welcome in their stores and restaurants.”