Gun Foes Plan 'Skip Starbucks' Day
Coffee shop allows openly carried weapons
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2013 11:14 AM CDT
Greg Dement, left, is handed a Starbucks coffee as he sits with a handgun strapped to his belt while looking on at an anti-gun rally in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

(Newser) – A group of gun control activists are urging supporters to forgo their Starbucks fix on Saturday, in protest of a company policy allowing customers to carry loaded guns inside the chain's coffee shops. "Skip Starbucks Saturday" comes less than two weeks after gun rights advocates held "Starbucks Appreciation Day," grabbing coffee while carrying their weapons proudly, USA Today reports.

Starbucks says its policy is to "comply with local laws" on guns, but gun control fans have long pointed out that businesses have the right to ban guns if they see fit. In May, one customer in Florida accidentally shot another in the leg when she dropped her purse and the gun inside went off. "Many moms are unaware that if they take their children to Starbucks, their children may be standing next to a customer who has a loaded weapon," says the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the group behind the protest.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 23, 2013 1:20 PM CDT
If I"ve got a SIG40 tucked in my belt line and I have no permit or licenses do you think I care about what Shultz thinks about gun laws. If I want my Venti black tea I go in, Sig 40 and all, regardless of the law.
gingolfpokerman
Aug 23, 2013 9:13 AM CDT
Why cant I just go in and have a cup of coffee ? Why must everything be about politics ? Starbucks does not get political--they leave the gun issue to what local laws prevail. You dont like that --please enjoy your coffee somewhere else. Just dont infringe on my right to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Do you protest your local 7-11, Krogers, or gas stations for their policies---or do you even know what they are. We all have rights until we start infringing on others rights.
YouAreSOSmart
Aug 23, 2013 12:59 AM CDT
And I'm all like I have a loaded gun in my purse while I am texting about a fight I had with my BF?