Official Statement: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Asks Starbucks To Denounce And Prohibit Armed Rallies To Be Held

Official Statement: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Asks Starbucks
 To Denounce And Prohibit Armed Rallies To Be Held By Gun Advocates In Stores
                          Nationwide On Fri., Aug. 9

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 8, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Once again, gun
advocates are planning armed rallies inside Starbucks stores throughout the
country – this time as part of a national so-called Starbucks Appreciation Day
on Fri., Aug. 9, 2013. As mothers concerned about our country's lax gun laws
and policies, which have led to a gun violence epidemic resulting in over
30,000 deaths annually, we are asking Starbucks to publicly denounce these
armed rallies and to prohibit armed advocates from entering their stores on
Friday. More than 2,000 gun advocates have committed to attend.

Unfortunately, this is not the first appreciation day or gun rally held at
Starbucks by gun advocates – there have been many. In fact, gun advocates
regularly use Starbucks as a meeting destination because they are allowed to
bring loaded weapons inside. Recently in South Dakota, Starbucks management
was aware that pre-planned armed rallies would be held inside stores but
failed to notify customers in advance. Sioux Falls customers were
understandably alarmed when more than 60 gun advocates – armed with handguns,
semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns – were welcomed inside. Given the lax
state laws regarding open carry, these armed citizens did not have to have a
permit, screening or – shockingly – any training. Starbucks is not notifying
law enforcement in advance of rallies inside their stores.

Starbucks' stance on guns inside stores is at odds with its other corporate
policies. Starbucks bans smoking within 25 feet of its stores in areas where
smoking would otherwise be legal. The company also bans firearms from its
corporate headquarters and prohibits all employees from carrying guns – even
in states where laws would allow them to do so. Like any private business,
Starbucks has the legal right to prohibit firearms in its stores in the
interest of its customers' safety, but has chosen not to do so, despite
several in-store shootings.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is calling on Starbucks CEO Howard
Schultz and the company's Board of Directors (William Bradley of Allen &
Company LLC; RobertM.Gates; MellodyHobson, Ariel Investments, LLC;
KevinJohnson, Juniper Networks, Inc; OldenLee, PepsiCo, Inc.; Joshua
CooperRamo, Kissinger Associates; JamesShennan,Jr., Trinity Ventures;
ClaraShih, Hearsay Social, Inc.; JavierTeruel, Colgate-Palmolive Company;
MyronUllman,III, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.; CraigWeatherup, Pepsi-Cola
Company) to stop sanctioning these armed rallies inside stores and to
immediately ban guns from all Starbucks locations.

We encourage Starbucks customers to sign our petition and join us in demanding
that Starbucks end this reckless policy.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding
drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
( was created to build support for common-sense gun
reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding
new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the
safety of our children and families. In just over seven months, the
organization has more than 100,000 members with a chapter in every state in
the country.

SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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