While relatively few people have had the opportunity of bringing their firearms openly into Starbucks, up until recently the chain of nearly 7,000 stores welcomed open guns inside their store. Now, however, it seems the CEO, Howard Schultz, has finally had enough and made the request that gun toting caffeine fiends leave their weapons at home, according to his open letter to the public.
Normally this would not be much of an issue - as unless you live in one of the states where you can carry an open firearm and have a likely reason for toting one around, your local coffee shop is not the place you would be apt to bring your gun. Until it became a political issue, that is.
Over the past week, there have been demonstrations outside many of Starbucks protesting this request, but Starbucks is no stranger to being sucked into the gun debate. Pro-open-carry demonstrators have set up Starbucks as a meeting hall for demonstrations in the past, and held their own unofficial nationwide Starbucks Appreciation Day for gun advocates. This past week, Schultz came out stating "Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called 'Starbucks Appreciation Days' that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of open carry."
Starbucks did not put an outright ban on firearms, but mentioned a “respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.” he mentioned that bringing the open weapon into your local java house might make the other patrons a little less comfortable.
So what are they doing to do when a customer shows up and wants a Shot in the Dark to go along with his buckshot? Schultz said “We are going to serve them as we would serve anyone else.”