By Shannon Carlin
Rick Ross wants you to enjoy the wings at the Dallas-based chicken chain, Wingstop, which he bought back in April. But preferably without a gun by your side.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Ricky Rozay spoke out about bringing firearms into public places like restaurants saying, “I support the right to bear arms, I do. I’m a licensed carrier.” But, “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. Go in and enjoy your meal.”
Ross’ opinions on the topic may have something to do with the events in March of 2013 when he was ambushed by gunmen who shot at his Rolls-Royce in Florida. In March 2013, Ross was ambushed by gunmen who shot at his Rolls Royce on a Florida street. It was reported that Ross was carrying a 9 mm handgun with 12 live rounds at the time of the drive by shooting.
More recently gun rights activists in Texas and other Southern states—where most of Ross’ 25 chains are located—have staged rallies at chain restaurants and department stores, guns such as assault rifles in hand, in an effort to promote laxer gun laws. These protests have led big named chains like Target, Chili’s, Sonic, Chipotle and along with others to announce no-gun policies.
“That’s their personal choice, and that’s depending on the laws – that’s in Texas,” he said about recent protests with a laugh. “But, me personally, I believe bringing a rifle into any closed building is too much.”
In the interview, Ross also said that those working for minimum wage deserve a raise.
“When it comes to minimum wage, you’re only really talking about a certain class,” he said. “It’s only really a certain demographic and that’s who really needs it the most. Most definitely, help is needed in those areas.”
According to the job review site Glassdoor, the average hourly wage at Wingstop hovers below $9. When Ross was asked about his restaurant chain’s wages, he explained that his sister, Tawanda Roberts, runs that part of the business. “I don’t really deal with that,” he said.
Ross—who is also a spokesman for the black bottled sparkling wine, Luc Belaire Rare Rosé and is the brand ambassador for mCig, an electric cigarette-shaped device—reportedly has a net worth between $25 million and $35 million.