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I stopped at a Taco Cabana in Houston with my wife and son. After several months of conceal carry in Texas, this is my first time to encounter a 30.06 sign. Granted, it wasn't posted per the letter of the law, specifically wasn't letters of 1" height. But, I locked my pistol in the Tahoe and went in without incident.

A few days later, I typed up the letter below and emailed it to the customer service email. Only a few days later I got the response below, and now I am happy to say sometimes a kind (but decisive) letter can get some very positive results.

The letter I wrote seems a little long for the response I got, but I expected much more resistance; so I tried to impress the fact that us CHL owners are law abiding citizens, several times. Not to toot my own horn, but I think this could be my future 'form letter' when I see a 30.06 sign, one of those "insert restaurant name here" things.

The response email with my email as a history:


Hello Chris,



First of all, allow me to apologize on behalf of Taco Cabana.

We appreciate you, our guest, and it is our intention that each experience be a pleasant one.



“The 30.06 sign should not have been posted at our stores.

Taco Cabana does not prohibit lawfully concealed handguns on our premises – only unlicensed weapons.”



I will have our legal department contact this store and have them remove the sign.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us again, should the need arise.



Thank you,



Diana Smith

Taco Cabana Customer Services

(800) 580-8668 <toll free>

Visit our website at Taco Cabana : Home



-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 9:13 PM
Name: Chris

Email: [email protected]

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Re: Store #250



I must first say that I enjoy eating at your restaurants. I enjoy the selection on your menu and have always had a pleasant time. But, as a law abiding citizen, I hold the safety of my family paramount. I was suprised to see this particular store posting a sign as per Section 30.06 of the Texas code on trespassing by a holder of a concealed hand gun licensed under Section 411 Subchapter H. As a law abiding citizen (and thus a CHL holder), Texas has confirmed my right to keep and bear arms in public to better defend myself and my family. I am saddened that this establishment feels that as a CHL holder, I must leave my protection (my concealed hand gun) where it will be of least use to me. Yes, odds are I will not need such protection, but in this day and age, the odds of having a flat tire are about the same, yet I keep a spare tire, just in case. Upon seeing the sign, I did respect the wishes of the general manager, Fanchon Nash, and secured my legal handgun in my vehicle. We then enjoyed our dinner without incident. If this is a decision of the general manager, and each manager has the choice of a "30.06 sign", then I hope you will urge him/her to allow us lawful citizens (as CHL holders, we are by definition law abiding) the right to exercise our 2nd Amendment while enjoying our meal and time together. If it is general company policy, I am sorry to say that I will no longer purchase meals from Taco Cabana as long as I see a "30.06" sign posted. I will also tell my friends, who are also lawful citizens, that Taco Cabana feels it is necessary to disarm those of us who are responsible enough to have earned a CHL license in the state of Texas in their establishments. I do hope company policy will come around to help us exercise our Constitutionally protected right to protect ourselves from those that would wish us harm. Thank you for reading my comment, and look forward to being able to eat in a Taco Cabana again soon.
 

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One step at a time.

Way to go.
 

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First off, welcome to the Forum.

I thought your letter was excellent. Well-reasoned, articulate, and persuasive. You maintained a calm demeanor. I was also impressed with their reply.

Well done. In my view, exceptionally well done.
 

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Outstanding! :hand10:
 

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My wife and I love Taco Cabana. When we lived in San Antonio, we would go in to eat there at least twice per week.

I will definitely show Taco Cabana my appreciation and support by buying at least one meal per day when I go back to SA (I visit SA every couple of years to check some property I own there).

Great letter; I commend your initiative. Thank you for sharing.:35:
 

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Welcome to the Forum!

Great letter! Thanks for sharing it and the response.

We have four Taco Cabanas in metro Albuquerque. I'll see if they are 2A supportive too (and try the menu - my wife & I are new here and still looking for good places to eat).
 

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great response by a responsible corporate citizen.

I'm going to make it a point to eat there next time I'm in Texas.
 

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All responses are not like that, but that was a great one.:congrats::congrats:
 

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Great News...I thought Taco Cabana was a long time anti.....
 

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Awesome!!!

Great job. I eat there from time to time, but I will be looking for them more often now. Thanks for writing the letter on my behalf also.
 

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I love it when things like this happen, we are the most law abiding citizens and yet some times get treated like we are the bad guys.

In my State signs carry no weight, but I know some States they do.

One question, I've read many letters like this and yet to see any of them point out or ask if they want us dis-armed, then are they taking the responsibility of our safety? I saw somewhere a story about a lady in a Taco Bell drive-thru that got shot and sued them and won. Because Taco Bell "was" responsible for the safety of their customers!

My thinking is if that is the case, then wouldn't it make them realize that it is in everyones best interest to allow the good guys to carry?
 

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This response was a welcome break from the usual mumbo jumbo that basically boils down to "Tough luck, we don't like guns." Excellent job.
 

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I definitely remember from times past that TC was hard core anti. Something about ALL their stores in TX being posted. Maybe they've had a change in heart/leadership.

I've eaten there a couple times in the past, but it's been years. Don't have them in my hood, so only when I visit the relatives, and not often then, since they feed me so well!

IIRC they serve alcohol there, and you can get it in the drive thru!
 

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Wish we had a Taco Cabanna, all we have is Taco Bell and folks around here think it's real Mexican food, lol!!!

NCH
 

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My wife loves Taco Cabana! I think it is the thing she misses most about living in TX. If I were fabulously wealthy, I would have their food air-couriered in for her birthday and it would score me huge husband points!

I'm glad to see they changed their policy. Maybe others will follow suit.
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Yes, they do sell beer for on site consumption, I assume the TABC considers that alcohol. But, it's nowhere near the 51% rule Texas has in place for packing CHL holders. As I understand it, from my VAST experience of one letter (where's that "sarcasm smiley face"?), Taco Cabana just used the wrong sign.

In Texas there is a sign that informs of the punishment for carrying an "unlicensed" handgun, but it's always next to another sign concerning the misdemeanor of drinking alcohol on certain premises. Perhaps one could post the 'unlicensed handgun' notice without the 'on site consumption' notice?
 

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Welcome to the Forum!

Great letter! Thanks for sharing it and the response.

We have four Taco Cabanas in metro Albuquerque. I'll see if they are 2A supportive too (and try the menu - my wife & I are new here and still looking for good places to eat).
Since TC sells alcohol, you will be committing a felony if you set foot in the place.

But, you go right ahead!
 
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