Chili's, Sonic toughen stance on guns

In an email to NBC News, Sonic Vice President of Public Relations Patrick Lenow said, “While we historically have relied upon local laws to guide how we address the display of guns at drive-ins, recent actions required we carefully reconsider this approach. We’ve considered the views and desires of our customers and employees that staff the drive-ins across the country. Accordingly, we’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas. With respect to the storage of guns in vehicles, we ask that our customers continue to honor local laws.” …

Meanwhile, Chili’s Bar & Grill parent Brinker International issued a statement asking guests to refrain from carrying firearms in plain sight following recent open-carry events at some of its Chili’s locations.