Starbucks CEO to gun owners- Not a ban

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:01pm

Starbucks to customers: Please don't bring your guns!

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has a message for gun owners: please don't bring your weapons into our coffee shops.

The company was roped into the gun debate last month when a group of gun owners announced plans online for a "Starbucks Appreciation Day."

In response, the newtown coalition for corporate responsibility published an open letter calling on Schultz to ban guns in all Starbucks stores.

Starbucks is publishing an open letter from Schultz on his request to gun owners in major newspapers tomorrow.

And he gave his first TV interview on the issue to CNN's Poppy Harlow.

"Well I think it's very important just to start the conversation by framing the fact that Starbucks is not a policy maker, and in fact, we are not pro- or anti-gun. However, we do believe that guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience. And as a result of that, making that decision, we are respectfully requesting that those customers who are carrying a gun, just honor the request and not bring the gun into Starbucks. We're also saying something else: this is not a ban. And the reason it is not a ban is that we don't want to put our own people in a position of having to confront somebody who is carrying a weapon. And so those customers who will bring in the gun - we hope they won't-we're still going to serve them, we're not going to ask them to leave."

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