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A viewer/listener sent their correspondence with Chipotle to me this afternoon wherein the restaurant says that despite Bloomberg “moms” assertions, there is no ban and they will comply with local gun laws. Hmm. My emphasis:

From: Chipotle Support <[email protected]salesforce.com>
Date: May 22, 2014 at 10:33:06 AM CDT
To: “REDACTED”
Subject: Reply from Chipotle
Reply-To: [email protected]salesforce.com

Yes, that is accurate. This is not a ban.

Sincerely,
Kate

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Subject: Reply from Chipotle
Body:Thanks Kate. You understand how this is hard to decipher for me. So when you say you’ll continue to comply with local laws, you will technically allow concealed carry where it’s allowed in the state, while at the same time encourage people to not do it. Is that accurate?

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 21, 2014, at 5:43 PM, Chipotle Support wrote:
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> Hi [REDACTED],
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> I can certainly understand your question. As it stands, we are strongly and respectfully asking that our customers not bring any guns into our restaurants. We will continue to comply with local laws. We hope that responsible patrons, like yourself, will honor this request.
>
> Kate
>
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> Subject: Reply from Chipotle
> Body:Thanks for your response. But again, to clarify, you again below reference open carry. Can you confirm, yes or no, am I as a lawful concealed carrier officially banned from going to Chipotle?
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> Thanks.
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> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On May 21, 2014, at 1:06 PM, Chipotle Support wrote:
> >
> > To ensure we receive your response, please do not modify the subject line.
> >
> > [REDACTED],
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> > Thanks for reaching out with your question and concerns. We recognize that this is a sensitive issue and we respect that people have very different points of view. Chipotle has never taken a position on this issue, as we focus instead on our mission to change the way people think about and eat fast food. We have always complied with local laws. The recent “open carry” demonstration in Texas, caused us to now respectfully ask that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel. The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request. We hope that our customers agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Kate
> >
> > Customer Service Consultant
> > Chipotle Mexican Grill
> >
> >
> > Contact Name: [REDACTED]
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> > Phone Number: [REDACTED]
> >
> > Restaurant Name: {!Case.RestaurantName__c}
> > Date & Time of Visit: //Z
> >
> > Original Comment:
> > Hello,
> >
> > Chipotle recently put out a statement following the open carry rifle demonstration in Texas that you are asking people not to bring guns into your stores. I’m hoping you can clarify a couple of questions for me.
> >
> > 1. Is this in fact an official “ban” on any kind of gun in Chipotle stores across the country?
> >
> > 2. As a concealed carry holder, am I still permitted to carry concealed in your stores? I’d love to continue to eat at Chipotle and have spent literally thousands of dollars there, but I need to know if I must take my business elsewhere. The letter seemed to be catered toward open carry activists, so just looking for clarification.
> >

So they’re following local laws. If localities allow for CCW, then Chipotle will allow it. Anti-gun groups can’t change the Second Amendment through legislation so they’re trying to enforce phantom bans in fast food joints.

Keep in mind, this is exactly what they said in their original statement. I can’t caution enough pro 2A folks from claiming that Chipotle caved. Why would you want to give a victory to Bloomberg where one wasn’t earned?