Starbucks Closes Newtown, CT Store to Prevent Open Carry Event Planned for Friday Evening

August 9 2013
by GSL Staff
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Guns and CoffeeToday pro Second Amendment supporters showed up in force at Starbucks all over the country to show their support for Starbucks. The coffee chain has repeatedly refused to ban guns in their shopes, despite numerous protests and boycotts against the policy.

An open carry event was planned for Friday evening at the Newtown, CT Starbucks, as they were at numerous other Starbucks locations across the country.

However, the company posted the following message on their door.


The message was also posted to the Starbuck’s corporate website.

Dear Customers,

At Starbucks we are proud that our stores serve as gathering places for thousands of communities across the country and we appreciate that our customers share diverse points of view on issues that matter to them. We also believe in being sensitive to each community we serve.

Today, advocacy groups from different sides of the open carry debate announced plans to visit our Newtown, Connecticut store to bring attention to their points of view. We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding this topic, however out of respect for Newtown and everything the community has been through we decided to close our store early before the event started. Starbucks did not endorse or sponsor the event. We continue to encourage customers and advocacy groups from all sides of the debate to contact their elected officials, who make the open carry laws that our company follows. Our long-standing approach to this topic has been to comply with local laws and statutes in the communities we serve.

Thank you for your understanding and respect for the Newtown community.


Chris Carr

executive vice president, U.S. Retail

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