Rick Ross Enters Gun Debate: Leave Your Weapons Out of His Wingstops
For a guy whose artistic wheelhouse consists almost solely of gangster fantasy, Rick Ross seems to have a more sensible take on gun laws than some NRA fanatics.
In a particularly head-scratching string of protests, some guns rights activists have taken to carrying around loaded semiautomatic riffles while doing things like grocery shopping and getting Chili's baby-back ribs in states with open-carry laws.
Well, Ross, who owns dozens of Wingstop restaurant franchises, thinks that's just nuts. This coming from a man who named himself for a notorious drug dealer -- though Ross is also a former corrections officer in real life.
"I support the right to bear arms, I do," Ross told the Huffington Post. "I'm a licensed carrier."
He doesn't think people should take guns into buildings, especially his Wingstops.
"When I go into public places, when I go out and I enter certain places, I believe it's best to leave your firearm in your vehicle," he continued. "Go in and enjoy your meal.
"That's their personal choice, and that's depending on the laws -- that's in Texas," he said when informed of the open-carry activists. HuffPost notes it came with a chuckle. "But, me personally, I believe bringing a rifle into any closed building is too much."
Ross himself was ambushed by gun-toting criminals on the streets of Fort Lauderdale last year while he was driving his Rolls-Royce, but he still doesn't understand why anyone would want to take a loaded semiautomatic riffle into a restaurant.
For a guy whose lyrics are mostly fantasies about breaking the law, Ross does hold some interesting opinions about political issues.
He also told the Huffington Post he's in favor of raising the minimum wage. Asked what the wage is at his Wingstop restaurants, he said he wasn't sure because his sister runs them.