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Starbucks: No Guns Please

This combination of file images show the logo for coffee giant Satrbucks and the end of a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Starbucks is asking armed customers to leave their guns at the door, but not banning firearms outright.
This combination of file images show the logo for coffee giant Satrbucks and the end of a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Starbucks is asking armed customers to leave their guns at the door, but not banning firearms outright.
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Starbucks says that guns are no longer welcome at its coffee shops around the world - inside or at its outside seating areas.

In an open letter Tuesday, Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz said it is "respectfully requesting" that customers no longer bring weapons into the 18,000 outlets it operates in 62 countries, but stopped short of an outright ban.

The message was particularly aimed at U.S. customers. The coffee chain has increasingly become a focal point of the debate over gun rights in the U.S., whose Constitution protects gun ownership even as mass killings have occurred every few months, including earlier this week.

Many U.S. states allow gun owners to openly carry registered weapons in public. Some gun rights advocates have staged "Starbucks Appreciation Days" by showing up at the coffee shops with firearms, which Schultz said is "unsettling and upsetting" for many customers.

The Starbucks executive said, "To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores."

Schultz said the company is not imposing an outright ban to give gun owners "the chance to respect our request." If Starbucks banned weapons, Schultz said he would not be comfortable with putting Starbucks workers in the position of having to confront customers who show up with a gun.

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by: Mark from: Ohio
September 19, 2013 7:45 AM
Good luck Starbucks , you've just lost this customer.


by: Howard
September 19, 2013 12:46 AM
With all due respect to you as the Chief Executive, your letter is simply foolhardy to say the least and not only endangers staff but customers as well. It does not take alot forethought to imagine the consequences of an armed robbery by criminals who will now look at gun free zones. Uniformed officers of the law cannot conceal their weapons. Please rethink your letter.


by: Ramnarayan from: Florida, USA
September 18, 2013 5:05 PM
Starbucks as a private company should have to right to say do not bring guns to my shop regardless of state and federal laws. It is really dumb that we allow guns concealed or not to shops and other public places. It has nothing to do with the right to carry guns. It is to do with making the freedom of non gun owners equally important. Why only the gun owner's rights ought to be protected? Why can't the rest of the people's safety should be an issue? When we are having a cup of coffee or when buying a six pack in a grocery store, why do people have to be allowed to bring their gun? How much killing it is going to take, before some common sense prevails? Go for it Starbucks. Ask the gun owners to keep the guns at home, if they want to use your facility. If they don't like it, they always go elsewhere.

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by: Tim-LV from: Las Vegas
September 19, 2013 1:55 PM
Ask Lester Maddox how well that worked for his diner.

The reaction to a shooting is to disarm the people. To create 'Gun Free Zones'. What better place for someone trying for his fifteen minutes of fame. The shooter in D.C. had 30 minutes to pick his targets before armed officers could stop him.

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