We were surprised to see that Starbucks allows customers to bring firearms in its stores where local laws allow for the carrying of unconcealed weapons. The chain does this in some areas despite the fact that it doesn’t have to and other retailers have their own policies banning guns.
According to the Assoociated Press, Starbucks’ smaller rival, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, doesn’t allow its customers to carry firearms, nor does California Pizza Kitchen.
We’re not sure how we would feel dining by someone with a handgun strapped to their waist. We certainly wouldn’t feel all that comfortable if it is a booze-selling establishment. But just because you can’t see a weapon on a person, doesn’t mean they don’t have one hidden.
Should Starbucks and other similar establishments allow firearms, or does it just create a situation that could cause all sorts of potential problems?