Early in 2012, Starbucks was already under attack from anti-gun groups like the Brady Campaign and the National Gun Victims Action Council, who demanded that Starbucks ban firearms in all their stores. Despite threats of boycotts, Starbucks repeatedly refused to restrict the carry of firearms beyond the restrictions imposed by local and state laws.
On February 14th, 2012, members of numerous gun rights organizations participated in Starbucks Appreciation Day to counteract a threatened boycott by the National Gun Victims Action Council. The success of that event encouraged many gun rights activists, and some took advantage of Starbucks' statement of neutrality. In late July 2013, numerous activists entered a Starbucks in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, carrying semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, and making national news.
Another anti-gun organization, Moms Demand Action, seized upon that event as an opportunity to influence Starbucks. They gathered thousands of signatures through an online petition, demanding that Starbucks ban firearms in all its stores. They also threatened a repeated boycott which they dubbed "Skip Starbucks Saturday."
And then Starbucks went too far. Instead of asking gun owners to exercise discretion when carrying firearms into their stores, Starbucks "respectfully" asked that "customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where 'open carry' is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel. " In essence, Starbucks has asked us to disarm and surrender our right to self-defense before entering their stores.
After that statement, Moms Demand Action proclaimed victory, and now, with the assistance and funding of Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety, they are seeking to impose similar restrictions through an ever-increasing number of major retail stores.
Use the form on this page to sign the petition to Starbucks' CEO, Howard Schultz, asking him to issue a common-sense gun policy which allows legally qualified customers to carry concealed handguns into Starbucks stores.