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Starbucks CEO: Howard Schultz

I am joining the ongoing “BREW not BULLETS”: Starbucks Boycott that was launched on Valentine’s Day 2012. I will not visit Starbucks stores or buy any Starbucks products wherever they are sold until your company joins other national chains — including Disney, IKEA, California Pizza Kitchen, Peet’s Coffee and others — in banning handguns and assault rifles from your stores and becoming an advocate for sane gun laws.

In addition, I want to express my outrage at the cowardice Starbucks has shown by knowing how dangerous guns are—you have banned them at your headquarters to protect your CEO—yet willingly exposing customers to the very risks you will not take. You do not even have the decency to warn us by displaying a sign saying “Guns Are Allowed In Our Stores.” This is despicable behavior. It is not what a socially conscious company would be.

Thousands of people have petitioned you, asked at your shareholder meetings and appealed directly to your Board for you to ban guns in your stores. And when asked again, after the Newtown massacre, you reaffirmed your “Guns Welcome Policy.” Your refusal exposes Starbucks as a vigorous supporter of the NRA’s lethal pro-gun agenda.

Your policy of welcoming guns like the automatic weapon used by the Tucson shooter or the Newtown killer into your stores—either openly carried or concealed—is shocking. Starbucks has the legal right, as per local law in all 50 states, to ban guns. Please assert this right, reject the NRA’s lethal pro-gun Agenda and become a corporate advocate in the struggle for sane gun laws. Until Starbucks does this, I will continue my boycott.


Kellen Louise

This petition closed almost 3 years ago

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Currently, Starbucks allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores (in 43 states) and concealed and carried in its stores (in 49 states). Starbucks' compliance with the...

Currently, Starbucks allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores (in 43 states) and concealed and carried in its stores (in 49 states). Starbucks' compliance with the National Rifle Association's Pro-Gun Agenda was exposed when members of the "open carry" movement began meeting in popular chains, such as California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA, Disney and Starbucks openly carrying their handguns and assault rifles. 

To protect their customers and employees, all of the retail chains—except for Starbucks— banned guns from being carried in their stores. Starbucks said they were just following local laws but local laws also allow them to ban guns. They rejected the "ban option" and instead choose the "carry guns option." Starbucks has the legal right to ban guns but despite having been petitioned by thousands, asked at a shareholder meeting, and a direct appeal made to their Board, Starbucks clings to this policy that puts millions of Americans at risk every day and encourages the spread of guns being carried in public. Open carry members cite Starbucks acceptance of open carry as proof of the reasonableness of open carry. 

  • Starbucks knows guns are dangerous, they ban them from their corporate headquarters but they expose their customers to a risk they will not take. 
  • They do not even warn their customers of the danger by posting signs saying "GUNS ARE ALLOWED IN THIS STARBUCKS STORE". 
  • Among the guns Starbucks approves in its stores are the Glock 19 used by the Tucson murderer (killed six, wounded 14 in less than a minute) and the AR-15 used by the murderer in the Newtown massacre. As a major player in corporate America, 
Starbucks could be a leader in promoting gun safety —it chooses not to be— Starbucks chooses to support the NRA's Pro-Gun Agenda.
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