The gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is declaring victory after fast-food chain Jack in the Box announced a no-firearms policy on Friday.
Jack, the mascot of fast-food chain Jack in the Box, stands on the sideline prior to the start of an NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans, Oct. 13, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)
“The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences,” Brian Luscomb, Jack in the Box's vice president of communications, said in a statement.
The chain's decision follows similar policies put in place by Starbucks.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which merged with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns, began a petition after reports of demonstrators carrying semiautomatic rifles at a Jack in the Box location in Fort Worth, Texas last week.
The incident happened when the group Open Carry Texas held a demonstration near Jack in the Box and some from the demonstration took their weapons into the restaurant. Early reports indicated that customers panicked, but later reports cast doubt on whether there was any chaos.
The organization celebrated on its Facebook page Friday.
“YOU DID IT, MOMS! We’ve proven again and again that when moms speak up, American businesses listen. Like Starbucks, Facebook and Instagram, Jack in the Box has answered our call to put public safety first,” the group said.