In the ongoing dispute over Starbucks’ gun policy, gun rights opponents blasted the company’s CEO for what they consider to be "untrue" statements regarding what type of weapons can be brought into the coffee chain’s stores.
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Howard Schultz told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting that only unloaded guns could be brought into Starbucks stores, and that the company follows state laws.
However, the organization countered those claims by saying that only two of the states that permit "open carry" of firearms require the guns to be unloaded, while all other states that allow "open carry" allow loaded guns to be carried.
The campaign also launched an online petition asking Americans to urge the coffee chain to bar guns from its stores, and claims that it has so far gathered 34,000 signatures.
However, Starbucks’ official gun policy remains unchanged. The company website says that "we comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve [and] abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states."
It goes on to state that "the political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores."