Which Dallas-Area Restaurants And Businesses Are Opting Out Of Open Carry?
With the new year, a new law went into effect across Texas affording properly licensed gun owners the right to openly carry their weapons in public.
With this law comes a litany of questions, not the least of which concerns how one should react upon seeing a gun being carried in public. In December, the Dallas Police Department released the below video in hopes of calming some of those concerns, and directing the public on when they should/shouldn't contact authorities.
One other thing to be aware of about this law: For now at least, it affords business owners across the state the chance to ban open carry within their establishments, so long as they're hanging the proper signage.
So which places are choosing to opt out of open carry? Glad you asked.
First of all, the old 51-percent rule still applies: It remains a felony to bring a gun (concealed or openly carried) into any business where alcohol consists of at least 50 percent of its gross receipts. Pretty much any traditional bar or liquor store, most breweries that sell their wares on premise, almost every pub and the majority of area concert venues will thus remain weapon-free and can be distinguished by the fact that they're legally required to hang a sign explaining this exemption, notable in that these sign read “51%” in big, background lettering.
As for everyone else? Businesses wishing to self-impose an open carry ban on on their premises are now required to post signs in both English and in Spanish. A “30.06” sign bans concealed carrying on premises, whereas a 30.07 sign bans open carrying. These signs must be placed in public view, and printed large enough so that its lettering is at least one inch tall. One sign does not disregard the other; each is specific and both must be posted if a business wishes to ban concealed carry in addition to open carry.
With the new still new and fresh, many businesses are still determining their stance on whether to opt out of the ban or to follow the letter of public law. But a number of other businesses have already made their positions known. Here and here, you'll find two separate growing lists that are compiling statewide businesses that are imposing bans. For those curious about Dallas-area establishments, we've combined those lists with our own research to compile our own ongoing list below.
24 Hour Fitness
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Alamo Regal Theater
Barnes & Noble
bbbop Seoul Kitchen
Bloomin' Brands (owns Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
Brinker International (owns Chili's & Maggiano’s Little Italy)
Buffalo Wild Wings (certain locations only)
California Pizza Kitchen
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (owns Radisson, Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts)
Chuck E. Cheese
Dallas Comedy House
Dallas Grilled Cheese Company
Dallas Music Academy
Edward Jones Investments
Five Point Credit Union
Freebirds World Burrito
Front Room Tavern
Full Circle Tavern
Full City Rooster Coffee Roasting Studio
Fuzzy's Taco Shop
Half Price Books
Hard Rock Cafe
HG Sply Co.
Jack In the Box
Jared the Galleria of Jewelry
LARK on the Park
Maple and Motor
Movie Trading Company
Mudhen Meats & Greens
Murray Street Coffee
Nasher Sculpture Center
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Pints & Quarts
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Sheraton Hotel (Downtown Dallas)
Sprouts Farmers Market
Toys R Us (includes Babies R Us)
Veritas Wine Room
Wingfield's Breakfast & Burger
Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern
*(Last Updated: 6:07 p.m. on 1/6/16.) Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, just a collection of businesses we know to be opting out of open carry at this point. Also: Businesses mentioned above concern all locations under that name, unless otherwise noted in parentheses. If you're a business owner posting the appropriate signage and would like to see your business added to the list, please send an email to [email protected] with that information and with “OPEN CARRY BAN” in the subject line. Readers are encouraged to share any information they learn on this front as well, ideally by sending along a quick picture of the posted signage.