Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: National Post (Canada) - Starbucks following the law on gun carry

  1. #1
    Moderator / Administrator
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    8,711

    Post imported post

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/wor...tml?id=2648634


    Starbucks defends in-store gun policy
    Following the law

    John Nicholson, National Post Published:Saturday, March 06, 2010

    Elaine Thompson, AP Starbucks lets patrons wear guns in its stores where the law allows. Forty-three of the 50 U.S. states have open-carry laws.


    John Pierce has been wearing his loaded Glock nine-millimetre on his right hip "anywhere and everywhere" for most of his life, including his twice weekly trips to his local Starbucks in Minnesota.

    Mr. Pierce is just one of many gun-toting customers who has placed American Starbucks stores at the centre of a battle over carrying guns in public.

    Despite Starbucks' wish that it would rather stay out of this "divisive issue," the company's policy to let customers openly carry weapons in their stores where the law allows it has prompted outrage from the anti-gun lobby.

    Starbucks has defended its position by saying it is merely complying with the law.

    "We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve. In this case 43 of the 50 U.S. states have open carry weapon laws," Starbucks said in a press release. "Where these laws don't exist, we comply with laws that prohibit the open carrying of weapons.

    "The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores. Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law-abiding customers to leave our stores, putting our partners in an unfair and potentially unsafe position."

    . . .

    Mr. Pierce, the co-founder and spokesman for Open- Carry.org,said he felt Starbucks had acted in a manner appropriate for a publicly traded company. "What Starbucks has done here is taken a neutral position," said Mr. Pierce.

  2. #2
    Campaign Veteran deepdiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Southeast, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    5,974

    Post imported post

    Amazing how much publicity this is generating.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

  3. #3
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Fallon, Nevada, USA
    Posts
    5,580

    Post imported post

    It would appear that the Brady Campaign has provided mainstream visibility for a rational view towards the Open Carry of firearms. Maybe we should organize a "thank you" letter writing campaign.
    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

  4. #4
    Regular Member Michigander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Mulligan's Valley
    Posts
    4,830

    Post imported post

    deepdiver wrote:
    Amazing how much publicity this is generating.
    I was talking to my dad this morning, and he said he heard on local news radio station how they were talking about how starbucks is open carry friendly, and how the whole issue started in Virginia.

    To my knowledge that is false, because it started in California with the Peets thing, but it definitely proves that word is getting around about it.
    Answer every question about open carry in Michigan you ever had with one convenient and free book- http://libertyisforeveryone.com/open-carry-resources/

    The complete and utter truth can be challenged from every direction and it will always hold up. Accordingly there are few greater displays of illegitimacy than to attempt to impede free thought and communication.

  5. #5
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Hodgenville, Kentucky, USA
    Posts
    1,261

    Post imported post

    This has been an 'unintended consequences' bonanza for Starbucks and I'm glad. It has backfired on the antis.:celebrate

  6. #6
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Fairfax County, VA, ,
    Posts
    689

    Post imported post

    Michigander wrote:
    deepdiver wrote:
    Amazing how much publicity this is generating.
    I was talking to my dad this morning, and he said he heard on local news radio station how they were talking about how starbucks is open carry friendly, and how the whole issue started in Virginia.

    To my knowledge that is false, because it started in California with the Peets thing, but it definitely proves that word is getting around about it.
    Actually, I believe your Dad is correct. Here is a link from the Washington Post, dated 7/15/04. Almost six years ago. It made the front page, then.

    Guns Worn In Open Legal, But Alarm Va.
    'Exercising Right' Called 'Unreasonable' by Some


    ...In the first episode, at a Starbucks, Fairfax police wrongly confiscated weapons from two college students and charged them with a misdemeanor. Police realized their mistake, returned the guns and tore up the charges the next day. Police commanders have since issued a reminder to officers that "open carry" is the law of the land in the Old Dominion. ...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •