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Gun Owners Plan Starbucks Appreciation Day Around Country Including Newtown

Starbucks’ across the country are preparing for a showdown Friday, August, 9.

Gun activists plan on meeting and even rallying outside the coffee chain. Many are joining a Facebook group.

Here in Connecticut, a group from Connecticut Citizens Defense Leagues plans on meeting at the Starbucks in Newtown, not far from the tragic shooting in December.

Starbucks has an open policy regarding weapons at its establishments.

The group from CCDL said they are supporting Starbucks and their open policy and will likely have some coffee and tea and some will bring their weapons.

Matt Bottali from Ridgefield, CT said in a statement:
“I will be joining some Newtown residents and friends from CCDL who are in support of Starbucks neutral position on firearms in their stores. We appreciate Starbucks respecting our second amendment rights, and we wish to show our support for Starbucks in return.
We are just normal, every day folks out to get a cup of coffee or tea. No more, no less.”

In response several organization have come forward asking the group find another location. “That they’ve decided to come to Newtown where were are still grieving in my mind shows incredibly poor taste,” said Monte Frank with Newtown Action Alliance.

They’re calling for the group to find another location and they’re asking Starbucks to change their policy.

Unlike most establishments Starbucks allows customers to carry a weapon inside their stores as long as it’s not in violation of state law. Connecticut is an open carry state. As long as the person has a permit to carry, Starbucks will allow them to eat and drink inside with their weapon.

In response Zack Hutson, a spokesperson for Starbucks said:

“These events are not endorsed by Starbucks. That said, our stores are gathering places for the communities we serve and we respect the diverse views of our customers.  We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding open carry weapon laws. Our long-standing approach to this topic remains unchanged. We comply with local laws and statutes in the communities we serve, abiding by laws that permit open carry. Where these laws don’t exist, openly carrying weapons in our stores is prohibited.”

“I feel safer going into a Starbucks knowing that there is potentially lawful gun owners that are there to protect me as well as themselves,” said gun advocate, Bob Margolis. “This is an event going on across the country, I don’t think Newtown should be singled out,” he said.

Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is also asking Starbucks to change their policy.

The group plans on meeting at the Starbucks in Newtown at 6 p.m. Friday.


11 Comments to “Gun Owners Plan Starbucks Appreciation Day Around Country Including Newtown”

    Adam said:
    August 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    First of all, check your facts, "Unlike most establishments Starbucks allows customers to carry a weapon inside their stores as long as it’s not in violation of state law."

    I openly carry my pistol everywhere I go:
    Hardware Stores
    Grocery Stores
    Multiple Walmarts
    Multiple Coffee Shops
    Gas Stations
    and nobody has ever said a word about it.
    Second, you know what was in REALLY poor taste, flying the Newtown families to D.C. to use the nation's sympathy to strip us of our constitutional rights. Those families were blatantly used by the gun-grabbing left in a particularly despicable scumbag move by the Obama administration. By the way, how did that work out for you guys?

    Peggy said:
    August 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Where do you people come up with this stuff? Too busy adoring your guns to listen to our President who only endorses SAFER gun laws so idiots like you who carry guns in the space we all share don't accidently shoot someone. Leave your guns at home. When I see someone with a gun I see a dangerous idiot and a criminal.

      krashtestdumby said:
      August 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      "When I see someone with a gun I see a dangerous idiot and a criminal."

      Ah, the irony!

    Ken said:
    August 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    What an ignorant comment Peggy. The second amendment ends with "..the right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED." Your "safer" gun laws are a) inherently an infringement thereby we ARE being stripped of our constitutional rights, and b) don't make ANYBODY safer. Capacity limits do not increase safety. Banning particular guns because they have cosmetic features like a pistol grip does not make anybody safer. Background checks are ALREADY REQUIRED.

    A gun is not an inherently dangerous object. A person with a gun is not inherently dangerous. A bad person is dangerous, whether s/he has a gun, a knife, a baseball bat, hell even a pressure cooker.

    Concerned said:
    August 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    It is my understanding that Matt Bottali is not from Ridgefield, he is from Danbury. Please correct this in your article.

    lurker said:
    August 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Again the Anti-gunners trying to take away our rights, WE have a right to go WHERE we want if it is not illegal to do so-SO DEAL WITH IT

    Johnny Sixgun said:
    August 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    A "showdown"? With whom?

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    August 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Stop pulling the Newtown BS, the 19 firefighters that were burned to death fighting the yarnell hill fire never got any sympathy from anyone out side the state of Arizona

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