Updated: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 06:55 | By Agence France-Presse

US fast-food chain: leave guns at home

Popular US fast-food chain Chipotle took an unusual stand for a burrito restaurant Tuesday, asking customers to leave their guns at home after some showed up carrying assault rifles over the weekend.

US fast-food chain: leave guns at home

A Chipotle restaurant is seen on March 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida - by Joe Raedle

"Recently participants from an 'open carry' demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants," Chipotle said in a statement.

Because the incident "created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request," it added.

Anti-gun activists began a "#BurritosNotBullets" campaign, after publication of a photo over the weekend which showed people armed with guns in a Chipotle near the city of Dallas.

The chain quickly responded, "respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel."

The activist group behind the campaign, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, declared victory on Twitter and thanked Chipotle for listening.

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