Starbucks expressly prohibits its employees from bringing guns into the workplace. Simultaneously, the company allows customers to carry loaded guns into its stores “in compliance with local laws and statutes.” In practice, however, this means that guns can be carried into Starbucks locations virtually anywhere across the country.

Starbucks pro-gun policy is a direct threat to the safety of employees and customers alike for the following reasons:

The bottom line is that employees and customers have no assurances whatsoever that individuals bringing loaded guns into Starbucks are mentally stable and law-abiding.  In many cases, even law enforcement knows nothing about the background of these individuals.

Starbucks’ claim that it is merely complying with local laws belies the fact it is a private business responsible for setting its own policies to ensure the safety of its employees and customers. Consider that in May 2013 Starbucks changed its company policy to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of it stores. Local laws did not require this change in policy. Starbucks took this step because the company felt it would best protect the health and safety of its employees and customers.

Starbucks should take the same step with its gun policy and expressly prohibit the carrying of loaded firearms in its stores.

RESOURCES

Letter: Open letter to Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, from the Newtown Coalition for Corporate Responsibility

Petition: Tell Starbucks: “We Want Gun Sense with Our Coffee”

 

 

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