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Thread: Starbucks Dragged Into Gun-Control Crossfire

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    Starbucks Corp. and some other chain stores in the U.S. are finding themselves caught in the middle of a firearms debate, as gun-control advocates go up against a burgeoning campaign by gun owners to carry holstered pistols in public places.[/b]
    The "open carry" movement, in which gun owners carry unconcealed handguns as they go about their everyday business, is loosely organized around the country but has been gaining traction in recent months. Gun-control advocates have been pushing to quash the movement, including by petitioning the Starbucks coffee chain to ban guns on its premises.

    Businesses have the final say on their property. But the ones that don't opt to ban guns—such as Starbucks—have become parade grounds of sorts for open-carry advocates.

    Starbucks on Wednesday, while bemoaning being thrust into the debate, defended its long-standing policy of complying with state open-carry weapons laws, in part by stating that its baristas, or "partners," could be harmed if the stores were to ban guns. The chain said that in the 43 states where open carry is legal, it has about 4,970 company-operated stores.

    The company added: "The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores."

    In 29 states, it's legal to openly carry a loaded handgun, without any form of government permission. Another 13 allow an unconcealed loaded handgun with a carry permit, according to opencarry.org, which is a loosely organized Web forum for the movement.

    In California, where it's legal to carry a gun openly without a license in most places as long as it's unloaded, growing numbers of armed people have been turning up at Starbucks, restaurants, and retailers, with handguns holstered to their belts to protest what they contend are unfair limits on permits to carry a concealed weapon.



    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587938,00.html

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    I tell you what... honestly, it makes me want to go eat at Starbucks and let them know that I went because they support my freedoms! Hopefully they'll be encouraged to maintain their stance of following state law and individual freedom.

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    That is exactly what I am thinking!! I have only been to Starbucks maybe twice in my life and that was just because my wifes boss gave her a gift card. I am not a coffee drinker, but love their hot chocolate. So, I guess when it is 100 around here in the summer I will be sitting with my hot chocolate and my 45 in their nice Air conditioning.

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    Good idea, I'm going by two Starbucks today and personally thank the managers.
    A wayfarer should not walk unarmed,
    But have his weapons to hand:
    He knows not when he may need a spear,
    Or what menace meet on the road.

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