"Bring Your Gun to Starbucks Day" Sparks Controversy

| by Dabney Bailey
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Today is Starbucks Appreciation Day, an unofficial holiday where gun owners show their support for Starbucks. Starbucks has long been one of the strongest supporters of gun rights, consistently stating that they will allow customers to bring weapons into stores as long as doing so is in compliance with local and federal laws.

Customers are freely able to openly carry guns into Starbucks locations, but employees are not allowed to carry weapons.

This isn’t the first time that the massive coffee chain has received support from civil rights groups. Back in August of 2012, gay marriage activists announced National Starbucks Appreciation Day because of Starbuck’s support of gay rights.

Unsurprisingly, some gun control activists aren’t particularly thrilled about the public display of guns. A spokesman for the Newtown Action Alliance, a gun control group that was created in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, stated, “Our community is still healing, and we find it reprehensible that they are picking Newtown to rally. It is disturbing to think that tomorrow night you and your children may be sitting in Starbucks when people carrying guns walk through the door.”

Starbucks has not made an official comment about the holiday, but it’s hard to imagine that they aren’t excited about the boost in revenue. Some gun control group such as Moms Demand Action have called on people to boycott Starbucks. Between this holiday and the gay rights holiday, it’s hard to imagine Starbucks haters making much of an impact on the coffee chain’s bottom line.

Have you been to Starbucks today for your daily cup of joe? Did you spot any holstered weapons?

Source: National Journal