Over the past few months, more and
more gun owners have been gathering at restaurants and coffee shops like
Starbucks with guns strapped to their hips, intimidating fellow patrons.
Businesses can legally prohibit
guns from being carried in their establishments and so far, Peet's Coffee
& Tea and California Pizza Kitchen have heeded customer concerns and barred
the open carrying of guns.
But Starbucks is refusing to
prohibit the open carrying of firearms in its stores, despite protests from
Click here to sign the petition to let Starbucks
know that you want them to stand up for the safety of their customers and adopt
a nationwide, gun-free policy in all Starbucks stores
Because of Starbucks' refusal, the Brady Campaign has teamed up with CREDO Action to tell
Starbucks to keep guns out of its coffee shops.
The practice of packing heat in
places like Starbucks is intimidating and could be potentially dangerous to our
families and communities and it must be stopped.
It's everyone's right to sit in a
restaurant or coffee shop with their families without intimidation or fear of
guns, either concealed or openly carried.
Under the law, Starbucks has the
right to adopt a gun-free policy, with an exception for uniformed police
officers. Such a policy can easily be implemented in most cases by putting up
signs at store entrances.
We need to tell Starbucks to bar
guns in its stores. These individuals who have been carrying guns into
Starbucks have all the firepower of a SWAT team, and none of the law
Please sign the petition to
Paul Helmke, President
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence