Starbucks CEO says guns not welcome in stores
Starbucks is becoming a gun-free zone.
After months of wrangling over the highly-emotional issue, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz late Tuesday announced that guns are no longer permitted in Starbucks stores — or in Starbucks outdoor seating areas.
Schultz made the comments in an open letter to his “Fellow Americans” that was posted on the company’s website.
In an interview with USA TODAY, also Tuesday, Schultz says: “The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.”
But, to be clear, Starbucks will not slap an outright ban on guns, he says, because enforcing such a ban “would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers.”
Full-page newspaper advertisements announcing the change will appear in Thursday’s editions of USA TODAY, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
For Starbucks, which has been embraced by the gun lobby for permitting guns in stores in those parts of more than 40 states that allow them, it’s a major change of policy certain to have immediate blow-back from pro-gun enthusiasts.
The move comes just days after the mass-killing left 13 dead at Washington’s Navy Yard, but Schultz insists the timing of the policy change is unrelated. In fact, he says, the company thought about postponing the announcement after Monday’s massacre, but opted to move ahead.
- Starbucks asks for unarmed customers (bbc.co.uk)
- Starbucks: no more guns in our stores (theguardian.com)
- Starbucks says guns unwelcome, though not banned (komonews.com)
- Starbucks won’t ban guns, but says they’re no longer welcome (wjla.com)
In my state they can put up signs and do whatever they want, but they can’t ban them. If you’re carrying concealed then “Concealed means Concealed”. Keep it that way. If they ask you to leave if you’re open carrying then you could be charged with trespassing if you refuse. (State of Colorado) Of course that also depends on whether you’re in certain cities too. Boulder, Denver and others still try to hassle people carrying weapons.