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Starbucks gunsConcealed carry aficionado and coffee lover Colion Noir shared his thoughts on Starbucks’ on-again, off-again policy with respect to its customers carrying weapons within its franchises.

“I spent a third of my life studying in Starbucks to get through law school,” he said. “And every single time it was me, my law books, Mrs. Caramel Cappuccino and Mr. Glock 19.”

While he decries the coffee shop chain’s “anti-gun policy” as being wishy-washy, his own philosophy is not. He’s a Second Amendment absolutist, and criticizes those who draw the line at open-carry.

Although I’ve generally agreed with Noir in the past, I’m not quite convinced this time around. I understand his point, but but personally believe that open carry, when put into actual practice, creates more problems than it solves.

Open carry tends to freak people out — especially in the case of long guns. If I see a couple of dudes walking around town with AR-15s slung over their shoulder, I’m thinking something bad is about to happen. But again, that may be just me.

What are your thoughts? Should open carry be allowed?

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  • Guy Fromage

    The Starbucks request is just that, a request.

    Request denied.

    The law in Ohio, as in many states, is that if most placed of public accommodation fail to prominently post a sign prohibiting carry, it is legal to do so.

    I make my displeasure known, while remaining courteous and being a paying customer, by paying with these:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BUdSa4tCQAAUnpu.jpg

  • Doug

    I love that Red Sox hat. Down with the yankees.

  • Grant Ritchie

    Concealed carry makes sense, but open carry? I wonder how long it’s going to be before the street thugs out there realize that they can stick THEIR guns in the faces of those open carry types (with their holstered weapons), and have nice NEW weapons?

    • StuckInCali2Long

      Good point. They haven’t been smart enough yet to realize there are thousands more of them inside an institution than there are cops, and they still can’t get out. Shhhhh! LOL

  • Susan Johnson Brackett

    Very well said!!!

  • Randy Lamb

    Concealed carry is the way to go, open carry would freak out a lot of people. That is just my opinion though.

    • StuckInCali2Long

      I’d be more concerned about being disarmed by a thug (as Grant commented above) than worrying other people. Honestly in CA I am more afraid of a cop with a gun than a responsible gun owner.

    • Doug

      Well reasoned point.

  • seazen

    And Starbucks didn’t request that people leave their dumbness at home either.

    • Kenneth Clark

      So I guess you are welcomed with a VIP invitation then.

      • seazen

        Oh, snap!

  • SilentBob AtPulse

    I see this as a property rights issue. They have a right not to want me to carry, I have a right to choose another coffee shop if I don’t like the fact they want me to disarm myself.

    I support their right to do deny entrance and services, I will exercise my right to choose another coffee bistro/chain.

    No hard feelings, it’s the free market (or what’s left of it) at work.