Starbucks Says Guns Unwelcome, Though Not Banned - WSPA.com

Starbucks Says Guns Unwelcome, Though Not Banned

Posted: Updated:
Starbucks CEO asks customers not to bring your guns to their stores. Starbucks CEO asks customers not to bring your guns to their stores.
SEATTLE -

Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

The fine line the Seattle company is walking in addressing the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.

CEO Howard Schultz says the decision to ask customers to stop bringing guns into stores came as a result of the growing frequency of "Starbucks Appreciation Days," in which gun rights advocates turned up at Starbucks cafes with firearms.

Schultz says the events mischaracterized the company's stance on the issue and the demonstrations "have made our customers uncomfortable."

Click here to read Schultz’s letter to customers.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Greenville Co. Schools Bus Drivers Could Get a Raise

    Greenville Co. Schools Bus Drivers Could Get a Raise

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:27:33 GMT
    The proposal during a recent budget workshop is meant to help alleviate school bus delays caused by an unprecedented driver shortage.The proposal during a recent budget workshop is meant to help alleviate school bus delays caused by an unprecedented driver shortage.
    Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster wants to give school bus drivers a pay boost.
    Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster wants to give school bus drivers a pay boost.
  • Williamston Police: Man Arrested After Tuesday Shooting

    Williamston Police: Man Arrested After Tuesday Shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:22:17 GMT
    Williamston police officers are investigating a shooting after a woman was shot in the head on South Hamilton Street.Williamston police officers are investigating a shooting after a woman was shot in the head on South Hamilton Street.
    An accused shooter is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center after authorities say he shot a woman in the head on South Hamilton Street Tuesday night.
    An accused shooter is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center after authorities say he shot a woman in the head on South Hamilton Street Tuesday night.
  • Check Out The New Look of Local News

    Check Out The New Look of Local News

    We've unveiled our new look with a new set and graphics.
    We've unveiled our new look with a new set and graphics.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.