Starbucks has a policy that allows customers to openly carry firearms in any of its establishments so long as it conforms with state and local law. In recognition, Friday, Aug. 9 has been declared “Starbucks Appreciation Day,” by a group referring to itself only as “gun owners.”
According to the event’s founder, since Starbucks began its open-carry policy, they’ve been targeted by anti-gun groups. They want to show their appreciation to “Starbucks for standing up for our right to bear arms by going there on Friday, August 9th,” as announced on the Facebook page.
“We ask that if you choose to carry a firearm during this event that you follow all local, state, and national laws; and if you choose not to carry that you wear pro-gun rights apparel,” the announcement continues.
Connecticut Citizens Defense Leagues plans on meeting at the Starbucks in Newtown, near the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which has raised some controversy.
However, Matt Bottali from Ridgefield, CT said in a statement:
“I will be joining some Newtown residents and friends from CCDL who are in support of Starbucks neutral position on firearms in their stores. We appreciate Starbucks respecting our second amendment rights, and we wish to show our support for Starbucks in return,” according to Fox-CT.
“We are just normal, every day folks out to get a cup of coffee or tea. No more, no less.”
According to OpenCarry.org:
Connecticut is not a traditional open carry state. Outside of your own residence or place of business, a permit is required to carry. The permit that Connecticut issues is a carry permit, not a concealed carry permit, so open carry is legal with a permit.
Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson made it clear that the event was not endorsed by the coffee chain, and addedthe following:
That said, our stores are gathering places for the communities we serve and we respect the diverse views of our customers. We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding open carry weapon laws. Our long-standing approach to this topic remains unchanged. We comply with local laws and statutes in the communities we serve, abiding by laws that permit open carry. Where these laws don’t exist, openly carrying weapons in our stores is prohibited.”
“I feel safer going into a Starbucks knowing that there is potentially lawful gun owners that are there to protect me as well as themselves,” said Second Amendment advocate, Bob Margolis. “This is an event going on across the country, I don’t think Newtown should be singled out,” he added.
Watch the news report courtesy of Fox-CT.
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