Starbucks CEO Clarifies Gun Policy

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- "We are respectfully requesting that those customers who are carrying a gun, just honor the request and not bring the gun into Starbucks," said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz commenting on his most recent request for guests to no longer bring firearms into his stores.

The company's previous policy was to just follow local state laws. Where open carry is permitted guns were allowed, and where it's not, guns were not allowed in the stores.

Schultz said he thinks gun policy should be addressed by government and law enforcement, not Starbucks and its employees.

He said banning guns completely could put his employees in potential danger confronting an armed customer.

Schultz said pro-gun activists have used the store for misleading events called 'Starbucks Appreciation Days' that falsely portray Starbucks as an open carry advocate.

A local Starbucks customer doesn't think this request should be a problem.

"I think it's just a simple request, it's not a big deal. Starbucks, you just get in and get out fairly quickly, to just leave your gun in the car, I don't see why people couldn't just follow along with a simple request like that, personally," said Stephanie Capasso, a JMU grad student.

Schultz wanted to remind everyone that this is just a request, not a ban, because he wants to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect his request.

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