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Gun control advocates ask Starbucks policy change

SEATTLE, Wash. - Advocates for gun control held a press conference in a park near Seattle's Pike Place Market to ask Starbucks to change a policy that allows people to carry guns in their coffee shops.
     
They weren't alone. Pro-gun supporters showed up as well, some of them with guns in holsters.
     
Starbucks has been pushed to the middle of the gun rights debate after a recent campaign by some gun owners. They have walked into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places.
     
On Wednesday, Starbucks said adopting policies different from local laws that allow open gun carrying would put its employees in unfair and potentially unsafe circumstances.
     
Brian Mantel of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says Starbucks is putting its workers in harms way by allowing guns in stores and gun control advocates say such displays destroy the tranquility of places that people expect to be free of guns.

Businesses are allowed to ban guns from their stores - even in those "open carry" states.

A petition demanding that Starbucks ban guns from its stores has quickly gained 26,000 signatures.

According to opencarry.org, Washington is an "open carry friendly" state.

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