A woman who was accidentally shot at a restaurant several years ago is adding her voice to the fight to ban weapons from public places.
Diane Barker was eating at Raffa's Waterfront Grill in Kingwood when a loaded firearm accidentally dropped out of a jacket of a customer sitting behind her.
A bullet discharged and Barker was hit in her backside and she suffered damage to her sciatic nerve.
"It changed my life completely because I can no longer do any of the things I love to do," said Barker.
On Tuesday, she joined with members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to voice concerns about guns in public places and the difficulty some restaurant owners have when they try to prohibit customers from carrying weapons inside their businesses.
State law requires business owners who want to prohibit guns to post large signs in the front windows to inform customers.
"The signs that business owners have to put up are quite large, very unwieldy and not very attractive. A lot of business owners have complained there not really conducive to business," said Alexander Chase.
Chase says some businesses owners have discovered their signs inadvertently violate state law and when that happens they are targeted by concealed weapon license owners who say it is their right to go inside the property.
The group's meeting comes only days after it successfully petitioned the restaurant chain, Chipotle, to ban firearms from their restaurants after some gun rights advocates carried military style assault rifles inside one of their locations.
"I'd rather not have the guns in a public place like this, sort of like hospitals, schools. I feel like we should have that choice," said Michael Binns, the owner of Fioza.
The group plans to send letters to Texas state lawmakers urging them to ease signage requirements for businesses and nonprofit organizations that want to prohibit the concealed carry of firearms on their property.