Going to Starbucks? Leave your guns at home. That's what the coffee giant is now telling its customers, in a reversal of a long-standing policy that allowed firearms in its stores.
In an open letter posted on the Seattle-based company's website Tuesday, CEO Howard Schultz made clear that the move is, quote "a request and not an outright ban." Schultz went on to say that Starbucks stores should be places where everyone feels "relaxed and comfortable" and admitted that "The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers."
The request applies even in states where openly carrying a gun is legal, but does not apply to law enforcement officials.