There will be no sticking to your guns inside Starbucks coffee shops. On September 18, CNN reports that the CEO of Starbucks has asked gun owners to please leave them home (or in their car) while purchasing coffee in his stores. Many gun rights activists are upset at the request, many of them vowing to never again give the coffee shops their business.
In an open letter to the American people that was posted on the Starbucks website, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz explains the position of the the company. While Starbucks is not banning customers from bringing their weapons into their stores, they are asking that only armed law enforcement do so, out of respect to the comfort level of other customers. Many states allow citizens to openly carry weapons while they are out and about, but Schultz is asking that even where allowed, that those customers just leave them behind while sipping their cappuccinos.
Schultz' request seems reasonable enough. He is not taking stance either for or against gun control. He is just asking his customers to please respect the comfort of everyone in the store and leave their weapons behind. Despite being asked if he is a gun owner or whether he supports stricter gun control laws, he has declined to answer. Instead, he says this is not an issue of his opinion on the subject but rather a way to keep all customers feeling safe.
To further quiet the outrage of the gun carrying crowd, Schultz points out that they are not banning customers in "open carry" states from bringing their guns. They are just requesting that they choose not to do so. He says that he would not ask employees to confront an armed customer and he believes his customers will be respectful of the other customers and the employees in the store.