Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is claiming victory Friday for pushing Jack in the Box to more aggressively enforce its no-firearms-in-corporate-stores policy.
“This is a win for American moms who fought for this policy change, which will make Jack in the Box customers safer,” said Shannon Watts, the group’s founder.
The burger chain was pressured by the pro-gun control organization after open-carry demonstrators visited a corporate store in Fort Worth last week and reports surfaced that employees were scared by the armed men and opted to hid in the walk-in freezer.
“Jack in the Box acted because they realized they have a duty to protect their employees and patrons given that many state gun laws are so lax that individuals with no background check or training can buy semi-automatic rifles and carry them openly in public,” Watts continued.
The pro-gun control organization believes that since there’s no state or federal law mandating background checks for gun sales made between private buyers and sellers that persons prohibited from owning a firearm under law have no real difficulty obtaining weapons in the Lone Star State.
Brain Luscomb, the vice president of corporate communications for Jack in the Box, released a statement on Friday saying, “The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences.”
Luscomb plans to ensure that the company’s policy is widely disseminated in store locations for employees and customers to read.
“Moms have momentum and we’re moving the country toward a culture of gun safety one company, one legislator, one law at a time,” Watts said.
“We’re going to keep applying pressure to corporations and political leaders until they do more to reduce the gun violence that plagues our country,” she added. “We’re not going away, and we will not stop until we’ve done everything we can to keep our children and communities safe.”
Meanwhile, the open carry group responsible for the protest has decided to cut ties with the larger organization it was working with.
Open Carry Tarrant County is no longer part of Open Carry Texas. Leaders of Open Carry Tarrant County decided to break away over a disagreement on whether the group should alert authorities before holding a rally.
Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham believes that notifying police and carrying banners with the group’s logo helps to eliminate fear and anxiety in both law enforcement and the public.
“We’re out there to make people feel comfortable. Whenever we do our events, we always let the police know,” Grisham told The Associated Press, adding that the Tarrant County chapter’s “desire to resist that effort” was actually doing more harm than good.
Not surprisingly, Kory Watkins, the Tarrant County group’s coordinator, disagrees. He believes that alerting police defeats the whole purpose of the march, which is to make everyone accustom open carry.
“We don’t ask for permission or call anybody. We’re trying to make this as normal as possible,” said Watkins.