Guns not welcome, not banned
Cape Argus (South Africa) (Published: 18-Sep 2013 6:32 AM, Received: 6:36:04 AM)
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NEW YORK: Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, although it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.
The fine line it is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.
Most US states allow people to openly carry licensed guns and many companies do not have laws banning firearms in their stores. But Starbucks has become a target for gun control advocates, in part because of its liberal-leaning image. In turn, gun rights advocates have been galvanised by the firm's decision to defer to local laws.
Chief executive Howard Schultz said the decision to ask customers to stop bringing guns into stores came as a result of the growing frequency of "Starbucks Appreciation Days", in which gun rights advocates turned up at Starbucks cafes with firearms.
Schultz said the events misrepresented the company's stance on the issue and the demonstrations "have made our customers uncomfortable".
He hoped people would honour the request not to bring in guns but says they would nevertheless serve those who do. - Sapa-AP
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Original headline: Guns not welcome, not banned
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