Starbucks: Guns Unwelcome, But Not Banned
KREX News Room
NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.
Last month a gun control advocacy group pushed for Starbucks to ban weapons inside its stores by calling for a nationwide boycott against the coffee giant for a day. At the time, a Starbucks spokesperson said, "Our long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged, and we abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states."
The fine line the Seattle company is walking in addressing the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.
CEO Howard Schultz says the decision to ask customers to stop bringing guns into stores came as a result of the growing frequency of "Starbucks Appreciation Days,'' in which gun rights advocates turned up at Starbucks cafes with firearms.
Schultz says the events mischaracterized the company's stance on the issue and the demonstrations "have made our customers uncomfortable.''
Schultz hopes people will honor the request not to bring in guns but says the company will nevertheless serve those who do.