Starbucks: No Guns on Premises, Please
This week, Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz addressed an issue that most business owners don’t want to touch with a thousand-foot pole. After months of largely grass-roots pro-gun events taking place at Starbucks locations across the nation — until recently, the company was one of the few “third places” to allow weapons where permitted by local law — and months of being pressed between a rock (pro-gun activists) and a hard place (anti-gun activists), Schultz has finally been forced to take a position on the issue of whether or not to allow firearms on company premises.
“I think it’s really important to be very clear that Starbucks is not a policymaker, and that we are not pro- or anti-gun,” Schultz said in a video statement. “We just believe that our customers and our people would be much more comfortable if guns were not part of the Starbucks experience. And therefore, we are respectfully asking our customers who are carrying a gun not to bring them into a Starbucks store.”
To be clear, Starbucks hasn’t actually exercised its right as as business to ban firearms on its premises. Schultz is simply making a request and has specifically instructed employees not to ask people to leave simply for carrying a firearm.