A group of open carry gun demonstrators terrified the staff at a Fort Worth Jack in The Box location on Thursday night, says NBCDFW. According to the report, a group of "rifle-carrying men" took up residence in the fast food's restaurant parking lot with to demonstrate "the right to carry handguns in public," but due to a lack of signage explaining their intended purpose, the staff believed they were about to be robbed and called police.
Per an email to NBCDFW from Sgt. Ray Bush of the FWPD, the staff "locked themselves inside a freezer for protection." A demonstrator from the group Open Carry Texas claims more than a dozen officers arrived on the scene to respond to the 'robbery,' and now the group is upset because they feel they were treated "like criminals."
Bush said in the same email, "We respect the rights of all citizens to peacefully protest and the right to bear arms. However, we cannot stress enough how a simple phone call to police prior to this demonstration and the use of easily visible signage could have avoided unnecessarily alarming the public."
As Eater National points out, "This isn't the first time Open Carry Texas has been involved in controversies surrounding guns and restaurants. After Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asked customers to not bring guns into the stores, the pro-gun group carried rifles and shot guns into an Arlington, Texas Starbucks."
· Open Carry Demonstrators Scare Fort Worth Employees [NBCDFW]
· Pro-Gun Activists Terrify Fort Worth Restaurant Staff [-E-]