Dozens stage eat-in at Bee Cave bakery to support its no-gun policy

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BEE CAVE, Texas (KXAN) — An Austin-area bakery has become a battle ground in the gun control debate.

Dozens of people staged an eat-in Saturday at Baguette et Chocolat, a French bakery in Bee Cave.

They’re supporting the owners who say a customer complained about their no-gun policy – and at one point brought a gun into their store.

He was escorted out by police, but the owners say he has been harassing them online, posting bad reviews.

The shop’s owners, Annelise and Chiminh Phamdinh, banned guns from their bakery over a year ago, posting a no-guns notice.

“They came here from France over 10 years ago. So, that’s not even about gun control. That’s just about bullying somebody. So all of us decided we wanted to support them and let them know Austin loves them,” said Sheri Soltes, a candidate running for Texas House of Representatives District 47.

“People want to see businesses have rights, and they have a right to post their sign — it’s a legal sign — and prohibit weapons in their business,” said customer Jane McFarland. “Their customers are people who obviously want to be where there are no weapons.”

Although open carry laws allow individuals to carry concealed weapons, Texas businesses have the right to prohibit customers from bringing guns into their business.

The Austin-area bakery shut down its Facebook page after it turned into a full-blown gun rights debate.

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