Some Restaurants in Odessa Will Prohibit Open Carry of Guns

Some Restaurants in Odessa Will Prohibit Open Carry of Guns

Businesses in Texas are preparing for the start of a new open-carry bill, and many restaurant owners in Odessa say their customers’ comfort outweighs having holstered handguns inside.

Odessa Mayor David Turner plans to ban openly carried guns at 10 fast-food shops he owns. “It makes people nervous,” said Turner

Two new state laws allow business owners to ban concealed handguns or openly carried firearms. Owners can post signs or give verbal warnings that guns are prohibited workplaces.

Roy Gillean, Barn Door owner, said he expects to post signs banning open carry or bringing long rifles into his restaurant. Part of the reason, he said, is that people who carry guns could be targeted for bad actors like a robber.

“People aren’t used to open carry yet. They may get used to it, but they are not used to it now. Some people may feel uncomfortable, and I don’t want any of my customers to feel uncomfortable”, told Gillean, who has weapons in his restaurant and intends to get a concealed carry license soon.

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