Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gun Ban at Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent an open letter to the American people asking that lawful firearm owners disarm before entering one of their stores or using their outdoor seating areas.

What prompted this letter is the use of their establishments to host events in support of the Second Amendment.

If a lawful American wants to carry a gun, and lots of people do, they should carry a gun within the confines of the law.  In Pennsylvania, open carry is legal.  Concealed carry is also allowed with proper licensing.

Private property owners also have rights.  If they wish to limit otherwise lawful behavior on their property, their wishes should be respected.  They should conspicuously post their policy so that no one unwittingly enters their property in a manner that is inconsistent with their desires while also proclaiming their position for the world to see.  And, if a private property owner like Starbucks imposes on your rights in a way you disagree with, the appropriate response is to no longer do business with them.

It's really that simple.

A concealed carry permit costs as much as $25 in Pennsylvania.  If Luzerne County is expecting to bring in $150,000 just this year in permit fees, that's 6,000 concealed carry holders in one year that could take their dollars elsewhere.  Businesses are in business to make money.  Until business owners understand there is a financial cost to attacking the civil rights of law-abiding citizens, they will continue to do so.

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