Panera Bread asks patrons not to bring guns into its restaurants

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A reason not to go to Panera, Starbucks, Target, or Chipotle …

Panera joins a growing list of food and retail chains that are trying to make their establishments gun-free zones

“WASHINGTON — Panera Bread on Monday asked customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants, joining a growing list of retail and fast-food chains that have declared their establishments gun-free zones.

The company said it wants to ensure that “customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome” in its restaurants.

“We ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer,” the eatery chain, which boosts 1,800 locations in the United States and Canada, said in a statement Monday.

“Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create.”

Chains such as Starbucks, Target and Chipotle already have adopted guidelines asking patrons not to bring guns into their locations following pressure from gun control advocates, principally Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Panera’s decision followed talks with the gun control group, which is funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.”

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