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CEO of Starbucks Says Firearms Not Welcome But Not Banned
CINCINNATI (Tiffany Wilson) -- Coffee is in the cross hairs of the American gun debate.
Wednesday the CEO of Starbucks released an open letter asking gun owners not to carry firearms inside his stores.
This is a change from the previous policy of simply following local laws.
Before CEO Howard Schultz's statement Starbucks deferred any gun policy to local laws.
This led some gun rights advocates to hold Starbucks appreciation days where they would openly carry firearms.
Anti-gun groups promoted Starbucks free Sundays encouraging people to avoid the shop. But will the "not welcome but not banned" stance satisfy both sides?
Barbie Schuchart, a local Starbucks patron, has a concealed carry license. She says she'll still bring her gun when she wants and that includes arming herself with more caramel frappuccinos.
Tiffany Wilson asked a Starbucks employee if anyone had complained or commented about the new policy, she said no one had mentioned it.
There is an exception to Starbucks request, the CEO is not asking authorized law enforcement personnel to leave behind their guns.
Starbucks plans to announce its new policy with ads in major newspapers tomorrow.