Last week, Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz announced that the establishment no longer welcomes guns, regardless of state or local laws that govern what is acceptable. Now McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts have contradicted that policy.
Schultz said there was not an “outright ban” on guns and that no one would be asked to leave the coffee house if they had a gun legally, still the new policy has offended gun owners.
McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts were asked by Business Insider if they had a gun policy in their establishments.
Both companies said they abide by the state or 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.”
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