EUGENE, Ore. — A national coffee chain’s stepping into the gun debate by requesting customers to not bring guns into its coffee shops. Even though Oregon’s an open carry state, this request still applies to local Starbucks stores.
It’s not something you see every day or really ever for some who use Starbucks.
“I haven’t seen anyone carry a gun into Starbucks,” said Eugene resident Eric Watkins.
In an open letter on the company’s website, found here, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says some of the company’s coffee shops have become a hot spot for pro-gun rallies, prompting his decision to ask gun owners to not bring guns into the coffee shops.
“I think that was kind of a politically correct move and for me, I feel safer knowing there are no weapons around,” said Eugene resident Suzanne Davis.
Many customers grabbing their morning cup of coffee echoed her belief that eliminating guns will make them feel a bit safer in the stores
“Personally if I see somebody with a gun in a store, especially with everything that’s been going on in, across the nation lately, I feel like it’s a pretty decent request of people,” said customer Caitlin Foust.
“It really doesn’t concern me too much, although it would make me a little nervous if I saw someone bringing a gun in and I mean it’s not like the old Wild West,” said customer Ron Ballesteros.
Others say they don’t see a problem with someone bringing a firearm into the coffee shops.
“It would be alright with me if they did, but I’d understand how some people would feel nervous about it,” said customer Eric Watkins.
The request doesn’t apply to law enforcement personnel.
“I’m fine with police officers having weapons because they’re trained to use them correctly and with caution, so I was supportive of what Howard Schultz said this morning,” said customer Suzanne Davis.
Starbucks says it hopes gun owners will respect its request, so that everyone can feel safe and comfortable in its stores.