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Panera Bread: Guns Not Welcome in Our Restaurants, Leave Them at Home

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 11:27 AM

Panera Bread is the latest company to establish a no-guns policy for customers, throwing its hat into the ongoing debate over firearm policy in stores and restaurants.

"The request is simply we recognize everyone's rights," Panera CEO Ron Shaich told CNBC Monday. "But we also recognize that we are building communities in our cafes and are where people come to catch a breath. We're simply respectfully requesting that people leave their guns at home . . . It's that simple."

Shaich said Panera will follow all state and local laws, and will not ask employees to enforce the new request in its nearly 2,000 store locations.

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"We're certainly not going to put our associates in the position of confronting someone carrying a gun," he said. "We won't put our café management in the position of being law enforcement."

Last year, Starbucks took a similar stance, asking patrons not to bring firearms into its stores and, in 2012, Chipotle Mexican Grill made the same decision when a gun-rights group brought assault-style rifles into one of its locations.

Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-guns group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, issued a statement saying she was pleased with Panera's position.

"Panera is taking a proactive position in favor of our families' safety by putting a new gun policy in place," Watts said in a statement on the organization's website. "Moms are the consumers-in-chief of our households and we will reward companies that take a stand for our families' safety."

Watts' organization has been trying to force Kroger grocery stores to adopt a similar anti-gun stance. In the same news release, the group called out the chain for not joining Panera Bread.

"With a patchwork of lax gun laws and background check loopholes in states across America, businesses like Kroger have a duty to respond to public safety concerns by adopting uniform policies that ensure we can take our children to the grocery store and not have to worry about being confronted by customers carrying semiautomatic rifles who may have never gone through a background check or safety training," Watts' statement said.

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