Sonic, Chili's say no guns inside

Sonic, Chili's say no guns inside
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Two more national fast-food chains are joining the gun debate.

Chili's and Sonic are banning guns from their restaurants, according to CNN.

Both companies issued separate statements Friday asking customers not to bring weapons into the restaurants.

Chili's issued this statement to USA Today: "We recognize that the open carry of firearms in restaurants creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many local liquor laws."  "So, we kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants and we will continue to follow state and local laws on this issue."

The announcements come after recent demonstrations by open-carry activists who brought rifles and shotguns into Sonic and Chili's stores, as well as Chipotle Mexican Grill in Texas, USA Today reported.