Employees of a Jack in the Box in Fort Worth, Texas received quite a scare last Thursday when they believed a group of armed men, who were on their way to a peaceful demonstration outside the restaurant, were about to rob it. According to NBCDFW, the fast food workers were so afraid they locked themselves "inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men." The police, believing it was a robbery, responded to the situation with "more than a dozen officers" and now members now members of Open Carry Texas, the pro-gun group protesting, are complaining that the police treated them like criminals.
NBCDFW notes that members of Open Carry Texas, self-described on their website as "an organization dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly," were "pushing for the right to carry handguns in public" outside of the restaurant. The group however failed to bring signage "that would have alerted anyone to their real purpose" and did not notify anyone in the Fort Worth Police Department prior to the protest.
Demonstrator Edwin Haros tells NBCDFW that they were "not trying to alarm anybody. We're doing this because it's our constitutional right." Open Carry Texas members then returned to the Jack in the Box following the incident for another meal.
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 shots guns into an Arlington, Texas Starbucks. Go, watch the local news story:
Video: Open Carry Demonstrators Scare Restaurant Employees
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