The coffee giant used to welcome customers who were armed. Now the Starbucks CEO is "respectfully asking" patrons to leave their guns behind.
Forty-five states have “open carry” laws, and Starbucks has a history of welcoming patrons who were packing. Now company CEO Howard Schultz is “respectfully asking” customers not to bring guns into the coffee shops.
“We’re not pro- or anti-gun,” he told Chris Matthews. But customers who are looking for “respite and community” have said they’re “jarred” by the sight of firearms.
“Guns should not be part of the Starbucks coffee retail store experience,” Schultz said.