WASHINGTON — Starbucks, reacting to political pressure after the Navy Yard shooting, said that it will ask its customers to leave their guns at home.
Reuters reported that the coffee chain usually honored local gun laws, such as “open carry” regulations in many states that gives owners the right to bring guns into stores.
This past August, gun owners held a “Starbucks Appreciation Day” for honoring these laws. Starbucks closed their Newtown, Connecticut store when the event was going to be held at their location in the vicinity.
It did not ban guns in their cafes, as it is a request of their customers. This request does not affect law enforcement officers.
However, this is one issue that Starbucks and its CEO, Howard Schultz, does not want to tread. He had previously been active in the U.S. national debt discussion and backed gay marriage.