McDonald’s, Dunkin’ respect gun laws; welcome Starbucks customers

One week after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that the coffee chain no longer welcomes guns, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts have come out with their own policies in support of concealed-carry laws.

Even though Schultz said there was no “outright ban” on guns and that no one legally carrying a gun would be asked to leave Starbucks, his announcement immediately set off a firestorm among gun owners.

McDonalds Dunkin Donuts logosBusiness Insider asked officials with McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts if they had a gun policy in their establishments.

Both companies said they abide by state and local laws governing carrying requirements, according to Business Insider.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa McComb gave Business Insider this statement:

“We recognize that there is a lot of emotion and passion surrounding the issue of firearms and open carry weapons laws.

While we respect the differing views of all our customers, McDonald’s company-owned restaurants follow local, state and federal laws as it relates to open carry weapons in our restaurants.

For franchisee-owned restaurants, operational decisions regarding open carry weapon laws are made by the independent franchisee.

That said, as with all aspects of operating a McDonald’s restaurant, we expect our franchisees and their crew to follow local, state and federal laws.”

Similarly, Dunkin’ Donuts spokeswoman Michelle King said:

“Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants are owned and operated by individual franchisees who are required to follow all federal, state and local laws with regard to firearms.”

In contrast, Starbucks issued a statement Tuesday that said:

Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners.

For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting 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.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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89 thoughts on “McDonald’s, Dunkin’ respect gun laws; welcome Starbucks customers

  1. Randy Lamb says:

    There are plenty of places to get coffee, but Starbucks will not be one them.

  2. Zach Vrooman says:

    Seeing as I don’t drink coffee, I really have no dog in this fight.

    1. Doug says:

      Thanks for sharing.

  3. silentnomore says:

    Will make my statement by switching from Starbucks gift cards to McD’s/DD..about 10/yr…not a lot but I pick where my dollars go..

  4. LHTwist says:

    I haven’t been in a McQueezy for many years because I haven’t forgotten the anti-gun stance they adopted after James Huberty shot 21 victims in San Ysidro in July of 1984. They’ve also contributed heavily to the gun control organizations since that time. And they aren’t saying that their attitude has changed any, only that their policy is to obey the laws. That’s politico for ‘talking out both sides of their face’ – ‘yes’ to both sides.
    Starbucks specifically asked to be left out of the political debate and
    both sides chose to ignore that request, putting Schultz in a corner.
    He’s still not choosing one side over the other, just trying to get out
    of that corner and continue doing what they do best – sell coffee.
    I’m absolutely pro-gun and I’ll still be drinking my venti mocha as long as they’ll offer it.

    Relax and carry on.

  5. Wayne Ogilvy says:

    I have a question for seazen and all other anti-gun folk, If pro-gun folk are so violence prone as you seem to suggest, Why then are there still anti-gun folk around ? Could it be that we don’t just start shooting and killing when others dis-agree with us ? Grow up and realize you cannot and will not control everyone elses lives or beliefs. If you don’t like guns don’t buy one !

  6. DisqusId2012 says:

    I quit going to starbucks once I tasted their crappy coffee. I quit going a second times because they said they didnt want traditional values in their store. Now they dont want legal gun owners so I will continue to quit going there.

  7. jamesrwilliams says:

    Regardless of the establishment… the percentage of gun carriers in the restaurants is THE SAME percentage that is ON THE STREET ! ! ! THINK ABOUT IT ! ! ! People don’t magically GROW GUNS when they enter the store!

  8. Kahr50 says:

    Dump your Starbucks stock.

  9. MoparToYa says:

    I wasn’t much for Starbucks to begin with.
    After we were attacked on 09-11-01, Starbucks was SELLING cases of water to our 1st responders for $10.00!
    Then their horrible newspaper ad depicting dragonflies dive bombing drink cups. (Replicating planes into the twin towers).
    After that, the military asked Starbucks if they would supply coffee to our troops. They said NO – they did NOT support our troops OR the war. (What do you want to do? Just sit and allow them to blow you up)?
    When they said they supported the carry laws – I was torn.
    I’m not surprised they backed up on that. NOW, they are BLAMING the pro-gunners of being “misleading”. Again, not surprised.
    Just don’t need them.

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