Central Texas business welcoming open carry
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas -The new open carry law goes into effect at midnight.While a growing list of businesses are choosing to opt out, a Pflugervillebusiness owner says he welcomes it.
Amigos BBQ Grill on Grand Avenue Parkwayis known for authentic Mexican food and homemade tortillas.
"We sell a little tacos, sell a little barbecue," said owner Paul Liu.
Liu and his wife, Iris, opened the restaurant 12 years ago.
"Its just a little hole in the wall neighborhood hangout," he said.
Liu is said to serve up his opinion too.
"I have been known to offend a few people."
His political views are no secret.His thoughts on gun rights are literally written on the wall.He told KVUEmany of his customers are law enforcement and ex-military.
"Alot of the regular customers would say 'This is probably the safest restaurant in all of Travis County.'"
The couple took their employees to get their Concealed Handgun Licenses just last week.
"She was very opposed customer review websites to concealed carry and all that but ever since whatever happened out in California, she began free listing sites for businesses to realize that it could happen any time, anywhere to anyone," Liu local ads online said.
Starting Jan. 1 anyone who chooses to open carry must keep the gun in a holster on their belt or shoulder.Businesses can opt out of the law by putting up the proper signsor verbally telling the patron.Forty-fourother states already allow open carry.
"At least you would make any perpetrator think about who they are actually messing with," Liu said.
Whole Foods,H-E-B and Whataburgerhave all said they will not allow open carry, along with many local businesses. TacoDeli andTorchy's Tacos recentlyjoined that list, with Torchy'sreleasinga statement Wednesday saying their decision is based on overwhelming customer response.
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