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Starbucks CEO doesn't want guns in his cafes

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The man in charge of Starbucks does not want to see guns inside his cafes.

CEO Howard Schultz has penned a letter that will be released in newspapers on Thursday.

He's asking gun owners to leave their weapons at home when they go to buy their coffee and some people not happy about it.    

Schultz sees his cafes as a spot to unwind between work and home, and he does not want guns in the picture.

He said, "Starbucks is not a policy maker.  And in fact, we are not pro or anti gun.  However we do believe that guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience."

Schultz says Starbucks has had a longstanding policy of allowing guns in cafes as long as state law allowed it.

But he says it's recently gotten out of hand.  Case in point- last month, gun activists staged a Starbucks appreciation day, where they gathered at their local cafes.

So Schultz has now written an open letter asking gun owners to avoid bringing their weapons inside.

"This is not a ban.and the reason it's not a ban is because we don't want to put our own people in a position of having to confront somebody who's carrying a weapon," said Schultz.

The CEO said if gun owners go inside, they'll still be served.  But some folks are not happy about this.

Firearms instructor Mike Magowan said, "Me and my gun and my money, we'll go someplace else."

Magowan trains gun users of all ages. He's also a concealed weapon carrier and a Starbucks customer.

Magowan said, "If I go into Starbucks everybody in there is safer.  Not in more danger if I'm in there with my gun."

He feels Schultz has a right to his opinion, but he doesn't think gun owners are doing any harm.

Magowan said, "When I'm walking around, if I have a gun on me I don't want to carry it open so people know its there. That's for the protection of me and my family."

Starbucks customer Jocelyn Behnke feels the same way.

She said, "It's not like people are waving it around. And usually the ones that do do that don't have them legally anyway."

Schultz has heard lots of complaints about weapons.  And he says he's not kicking anybody out, he just doesn't want to see any guns.

Schultz said, "We're still gonna serve them. We're not gonna ask them to leave."

Schultz just wants to make sure his cafes remain relaxed and comfortable for everyone.

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