The Brady Campaign wants Starbucks to ban guns in its stores, and delivered 28,000 signatures to its Seattle headquarters today after a press conference near Pike Place Market.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence wants Starbucks to ban guns in its stores and delivered 28,000 signatures to its Seattle headquarters Wednesday after a news conference near Pike Place Market.
Before the event, Starbucks issued a release asking not to be put in the middle of the gun controversy.
“They are in the middle,” Brady Campaign official Brian Malte said at the event. “They chose not to bar guns in their stores.”
A few dozen people attended, including gun-rights advocates who regularly interrupted the news conference with cries of “liar!” and “fear monger!”
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Dueling posters carried various slogans, including “Espresso shots not shotguns” and “Gun control kills.”
The Brady Campaign, which advocates for gun control, asked Starbucks to ban guns after gun rights advocates appeared at shops in California to make a point about their right to openly carry guns.
Other chains where they met, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea and California Pizza Kitchen, have issued notices that guns are not allowed — either at all or on display — in their shops unless you’re a police officer.
Like many chains including McDonald’s, Starbucks complies with local laws. In Washington, loaded guns can be carried openly.