Starbucks CEO asks gun owners to keep guns out of coffee shops

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The CEO of Starbucks is asking gun owners to keep their guns out of the coffee shops.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says the company is not instituting a ban on guns.

Instead, he is asking customers to not bring any guns inside the shops.

Schultz says he's doing this because of the growing number of "Starbucks Appreciation Days" - where gun rights advocates go to Starbucks coffee shops with guns.

Schultz says these events have made customers uncomfortable, so he is asking gun owners to leave their weapons at home.

The people we spoke with today are split on this issue.

Some say guns have no place in the coffee shops.

But others say everyone has a right to protect themselves, even at Starbucks.

"I think it's a good idea, very good idea. No guns, we don't need guns around, not in Starbucks anyway" said Bob Brown, Starbucks customer.

"I think that's a little ridiculous. Everyone should be allowed to carry something if they feel like they need to. As long as they're not using it to like rob the place, I don't see why it's such a big deal" said Christian Nolte, Starbucks customer.

"I think that people should respect the CEO's opinion, and I think if a business really doesn't want people carrying guns inside, they really shouldn't" said Max Johnson, Starbucks customer.

In Washington, you can carry a licensed gun in public, and in Starbucks stores.

But if it is concealed, you need a concealed weapons permit.

Starbucks is publishing an open letter from Schultz in several major newspapers across the country on Thursday.

If you walk into a Starbucks with a gun, employees there will still give you the same level of service - you will not be escorted out.