Panera Bread Asks Gun Owners Not To Bring Guns Inside Their Restaurants Casey Bennett February 12, 2016 Right to Bear Arms 2116 Share1K +11 Tweet Pin Share StumbleShares 1K Panera Bread wants its customers to know something: your guns are unwelcome in our stores. CEO Ron Shaich recently announced the company’s decision to prohibit guns being brought into any of its 1,800 outlets across the country after weeks of consultation with anti-gun activist group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In an interview with CNBC, Shaich explained the decision, saying, Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth. This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates. The announcement was met with praise by Moms Demand Action, who are now applying pressure on other companies to follow a similar course of action. According to Forbes, “Panera deserves our thanks and our congratulations for taking this important step, and I applaud the company for proactively consulting Moms Demand Action as it developed and implemented its policy,” said the group’s founder Shannon Watts, who has herself become the focus of ire from open carry activists and the NRA in recent months following efforts to see retailers and restaurant chains change their firearms policies. Watts and her team have most recently spent six figures on an ad blitz aiming to force the hand of Kroger, the country’s largest grocery store chain. As of press time, Kroger KR +2.69% maintained it would respect state and local laws on gun rights. Panera Bread joins Starbucks and Target on a growing list of companies resolving to ban guns from their stores. Follow Casey on Facebook and Twitter Share1K +11 Tweet Pin Share StumbleShares 1K 2Agun controlgun rightsgunskrogermoms demand actionnational rifle associationNRAopen carrypanera breadstarbuckstargetUN Says Natural Disasters Caused 70% Fewer Deaths in 2015Watch What Happens When 1,400 People Are Told Their Jobs Are Going To MexicoAbout The AuthorCasey BennettEditor and Contributor Casey Bennett is a young political commentator from Ontario, Canada. She formerly worked as a chase producer for Canada's Sun News Network and currently serves as an editor and contributor to The Libertarian Republic. She is passionate about liberty, free markets, and small animals, and hopes to some day soon move to the United States to advance her career. Follow her on Twitter: @cabennetttt 2 Responses TheJ February 12, 2016 1) The last line of the story is factually wrong. All those businesses list have not “banned” guns. They have not posted the legal signs denying guns on premises and as much as the anti-gun group wanted them to, they did not changed their “policy” to that of not allowing guns. They simply made public statements asking folks to voluntarily not bring in guns. That is not a “gun ban” but merely a placation of the antigun groups to get off their radar without actually changing anything. 2) This was from 2014. It is not exactly current news. reichardkonige February 22, 2016 Yep so far in Florida the only place that actually put up a sign is IKEA. And then they put up a “No Waepons” sign at that. Apparently they must have stopped selling knives and heavy objects. Panera, Chipotle, and Starbucks have not put up any signs.