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Starbucks Enters Gun Debate: Guns Not Welcomed Inside

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Just days after a shooting spree at the Washington Navy yard, the coffee giant, Starbucks has entered into the gun debate.

Starbucks C.E.O. Howard Schultz says he is requesting customers with gun carrying permits no longer bring firearms into stores or outdoor seating areas.

Schultz says the warm feelings Starbucks customers get when they are sipping lattes does not just come from the coffee. He says, "Our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life."

Some concealed handgun license holders don't agree with the request.

Ed Armbrister is a former police officer and has a concealed handgun permit.

Armbrister says, "With the amount of shooting that are occurring now, people running in with rifles and guns shooting people, he should be grateful that people with CCW's would go into his business because in the event something like this would happen from one of the bad guys, he would have a few good guys inside."

Schultz says pro-gun activists have used stores as a political stage for media events, like this one called "Starbucks Appreciation Day."

Schultz says, "To be clear we do not want these events in our stores."

Gun owners say they may now take their business elsewhere.

Merle Dooley says, "I can't understand why they would ask that, I think I would ask the ones carrying them illegally to stay out of the store."

The request is not an all out ban.

That, of course, would require some sort of enforcement.

Starbucks C.E.O. adds he wants to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect his company's request at its 7,000 company-owned stores across the country.

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