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Starbucks to Customers: Please Leave Your Guns at Home

A man wearing a pistol on Aug. 9 outside a Starbucks outlet in Newtown, Conn.
A man wearing a pistol on Aug. 9 outside a Starbucks outlet in Newtown, Conn.Photograph by Lisa Wiltse/The New York Times via Redux

For three years, Starbucks has felt the ardent love of gun-rights activists as the coffee chain tolerated customers who openly packed heat. No more.

Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz tells Bloomberg Businessweek that firearms and cappuccino don’t mix. Beginning today, the ubiquitous caffeine bars “respectfully request” that gun owners leave their weapons in their cars or at home, Schultz says. “We’re not pro-gun or anti-gun,” he explains. The chain simply wants no part of the escalating debate over the Second Amendment and the place of firearms in American society.