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Starbucks Says Please Don't Bring Your Guns Into Our Coffeehouses
Seattle, Washington (CNN) - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has a message for gun owners: Please don't bring your weapons into our coffeehouses.
Schultz told CNN that the company is not instituting a ban and is simply making a request "through the lens of civility and respect."
The CEO also said that his personal views on guns did not factor into the policy change. Schultz said it's about the Starbucks coffee company and the customers.
A customer in Seattle agrees with the move.
“Because there's too much violence and too many people are carrying weapons for all the wrong reasons, so I think they belong at home, locked up in a safe.”
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 Thursday.
Schultz said the Newtown shooting did not prompt Starbucks' request to gun owners.