panPanera Bread, the popular casual restaurant, has pulled the trigger on a new policy concerning guns, asking customers to leave their weapons at home, but it stopped short of an outright ban. “The request is simply we recognize everyone’s rights,” said Panera CEO Ron Shaich told CNBC. “But we also recognize that we are building communities in our cafés and are where people come to catch a breath.” “We’re simply respectfully requesting that people leave their guns at home,” he added. “It’s that simple.” Panera says it plans to continue adhering to state and local laws regarding firearms. It also won’t ask employees to enforce the new request or place signs about it in its restaurants. “We’re certainly not going to put our associates in the position of confronting someone carrying a gun,” Shaich said. “We won’t put our café management in the position of being law enforcement.” More