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Starbucks CEO Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores

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Starbucks' CEO is asking customers this week to no longer bring their guns into the coffee and tea stores.

Starbucks stated that guns are no longer welcome in its cafes. But the company is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.
    
According to a report from the Associated Press, the fine line the Seattle company is walking in addressing the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.
    
CEO Howard Schultz stated the decision to ask customers to stop bringing guns into stores came as a result of the growing frequency of "Starbucks Appreciation Days," in which gun rights advocates turned up at Starbucks cafes with firearms.
    
Schultz says the events mischaracterized the company's stance on the issue and the demonstrations "have made our customers uncomfortable."
    
Schultz hopes people will honor the request not to bring in guns but says the company will nevertheless serve those who do.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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