Starbucks To Allow Open-Carry Of Firearms In Stores

This is the sort of positive results that can happen from gun rights proponents aggressively exercising their rights.

Coffee chain Starbucks Corp. is sticking to its policy of letting customers carry guns where it’s legal and said it does not want to be put in the middle of a larger gun-control debate.
The company’s statement, issued Wednesday, stems from recent campaign by some gun owners, who have walked into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places. Gun control advocates have protested. …
Brian Malte of the Brady Campaign said carrying guns intimidates and frightens people, and said the group thinks Starbucks will “do the right thing” and change its policy.
“They’re putting their workers in harm’s way by allowing people to carry guns into their stores, especially open carry,” Malte said. …
“I think the (Brady campaign is) trying to strong-arm private businesses into banning the rights of the people,” said Bev Carman of Everett, Wash. Carman held a sign that said: “Criminal Control not Gun Control.”
Businesses can choose to ban guns from their premises. And Starbucks said Wednesday that it complies with local laws in the 43 states that have open-carry weapon laws.
”Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law abiding customers to leave our stores, putting our partners in an unfair and potentially unsafe position,” the company said in its statement.

Frankly, I don’t think laws against open carry of firearms should apply to private property any more than government smoking bans should apply to private property. If a business owner wants to allow open carry of guns, or smoking, that decision should be left solely to the business owner.
It’s really none of the government’s business.
(via Neiman)

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