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McDonald’s & Dunkin’s Donuts: Concealed Carry Holders Welcome At Our Restaurants

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Starbucks may be discouraging gun owners from sipping on a cup of coffee at their nationwide locations, but Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s are welcoming concealed carry permit holders with open arms.

As previously reported by Off The Grid News, Starbucks was initially heralded for supporting local concealed carry and open carry laws, but then CEO Howard Schultz penned an open letter to customers asking them not to bring guns in the restaurants.

McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts are obvious Starbucks competitors. Business Insider asked the fast food joints about their gun policies after the letter from the Starbucks’ CEO garnered national headlines.

Both businesses want America to know that the companies are officially “gun neutral in the gun control debate.

“We recognize,” the McDonald’s statement reads, “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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A similar statement about gun policy was issued by Dunkin’ Donuts, relating both to that chain and its Baskin-Robbins restaurants.

“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,” a Dunkin’ Donuts spokeswoman said.

Americans are indeed living in unusual times when simply noting that a business will follow the law becomes both headline worthy and controversial. Indeed, Second Amendment supporters and gun owners from across the country may start buying their morning coffee and lunches from Starbucks’ competitors.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in his open letter to customers that the “presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.”

“Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns,” Schultz wrote, in part. “In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners (employees) who work in our stores have been thrust unwillingly into the middle of this debate. That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas. From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a ‘third place’ between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life.”

Howard Schultz then slightly chastised gun owners.

“Our company’s longstanding approach to ‘open carry’ has been to follow local laws: we permit it in states where allowed and we prohibit it in states where these laws don’t exist,” he wrote. “We have chosen this approach because we believe our store partners should not be put in the uncomfortable position of requiring customers to disarm or leave our stores. We believe that gun policy should be addressed by government and law enforcement — not by Starbucks and our store partners.

“Recently, however, we’ve seen the ‘open carry’ debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening. 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.”

The Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gun control advocacy group issued a statement taking credit for the firearms policy shift at Starbucks immediately after Schultz’s open letter to customers was published. The letter was written after a group planned an open carry event at the chain’s Newtown, Connecticut location.

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11 comments

  1. All due respect but I don’t see anywhere that they said ccw folks are welcome. They said they will follow all laws.
    Just as Starbucks originally stated. I guessing there may be a change in the future if there is enough stink raised by gun grabbers…

    • They only need to refer back to their “neutrality” on the matter of the 2nd Amendment (and all other contentious issues). They needn’t say another word. If businesses were smart, they’d remain neutral on all the social issues of the day. There is no need for any company to declare itself on the matters of same-sex marriage, gun control, abortion, etc. Neither should they support any special interests, like so many do, by setting aside “a portion of the profit from the sale of this item will be donated to (insert organization of their choice here) on your behalf.”

      Look, I don’t want anyone contributing to anything on my behalf. No, I don’t want to contribute to Greenpeace, Save the Whales, the Sierra Club, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Feed the Children, the American (insert malady here) Association, or any other charity. If you want to draw me into your store, promise me lower prices instead. Tell me, “We don’t contribute to anyone, but you can do whatever you want with your extra savings.”

  2. If you’ve read the story about Jestin Anthony Joseph attempting rob McDonald’s patrons at gun point, only to have his gun misfire, leaving no one injured, then you will understand that concealed carry is a good thing. The patrons were blessed that the gun misfired at least five times while pointed at individuals, so the perpetrator went outside to fire the gun into the air. With the gun functioning, he went back inside and continued pointing the gun at and pulling the trigger, only to have it continue misfiring. He went back outside and fired two shots in the direction of a passing motorist.

    Had there been just one patron with a concealed weapon, that punk would never have had so many opportunities to try killing people.

    Now, all you gun-phobes, who are almost assuredly against religion and prayer as well as guns, consider this: that punk’s mother was praying fervently to God, knowing that something really bad was going to happen. She had even called the police, but she knew the One to answer her call would be God Himself. The power of prayer saved at least half a dozen people, but you liberals do not recognize any power greater than yourselves or your government. You deny God in the public square, and you deny guns in the public square, and when the day comes that some maniac is pointing a gun at you in a public place, will you wish you had known God? Will you wish that someone was carrying a concealed weapon?

    The entire incident occurred in mere minutes. Had you relied on calling the police for help, you might well have been dead before they got there.

    Also note that Jestin Joseph was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, with the same symptoms as Aaron Alexis: aggressiveness, hearing voices, feeling that he was being followed. The question that also needs to be settled is whether Jestin was also taking doctor-prescribed psychotropic drugs. If so, the circle will have been completed, and authorities should have a new understanding that mass murders are committed by deranged individuals, many of whom were on or recently stopped taking psychotropic drugs. But, you Leftists will still focus solely on the guns. Yup, a gun attempted to kill several people while it held the wielder hostage.

    I think I’ll start going to Dunkin’ Donuts, where I will buy a cup and a donut for any patron who is legally packin’ heat. That’s what we should all do, sort of like in the old days, when people would say, “Sorry, sir, your money’s no good here. Have a drink on me.”

    • I didn’t hear of this event but it tells me from your description that God intervened. I’m right in your corner with buying coffee for the ones packing heat legally. Interestingly enough is that many of the deranged shooters are Obama supporters such as Chris Dorner… Good to hear from you . Hope the kids are doing well>>>

    • Actually saw a news report of the malfunctioning gun.
      Dunkin Donuts or McDonald’s OK. Never could understand why someone would willingly throw money daily at shops that sell COFFEE at such exorbitant prices. “presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.”, IMO these people already prove their lack of ‘common sense’.

  3. Yes, it was God’s intervention. There was another story about a gunman who was robbing a bank. After he had all the patrons lying on the floor, he proceeded to put a bullet into each one’s head. When he got to an elderly lady, he was unable to shoot her, for she had rolled over and was praying out load to the Father. The gunman kept pointing the gun at her, and then away, and then back at her again. He became very agitated and shouted, “I can’t kill you, lady! I just can’t.” It wasn’t because he wasn’t trying to; it was because God was intervening. Satan must have been very angry that day.

    The girls are doing very well, carrying straight A’s so far in school. My eldest (soon 12) is playing the piano, working on a song she is writing, and my youngest (now 10) is watching Psych on Netflix beside me (split screen on my iMac). I can’t even remember what it was like to be that young, that innocent, and that full of expectation. But it doesn’t matter, because I get to see it all again right before my eyes.

    • I have to ask, Do you think the macs are better than PCs. I’m always having slug problems even with my 64 bit PC awesome machine that turned into a turtle…I’ve taken it to the Doctor and they found nothing wrong???

      • I’d say it depends on your computing needs. PCs have a more integrated software system for business and engineering applications, while Apple has its strong points for other things. It seems what one does well, the other does not do as well, and then compatibility of software (even when they say it’s compatible) is not seamless, so you just can’t get everything in one unit.

  4. Starbuck is a known ‘liberal’ sympathizer organization. So, when it puts out a “news” alert, the Liberal “news” media immediately picks it up as a “news” story. But actually, the Liberal media is only giving Starbucks millions upon millions of dollars worth of FREE ADVERTISING. I wonder what Lois Lerner has to say about all this free income to Starbucks.

    • Lois Lerner is slithering out of the IRS with a pension intact, no doubt to reemerge somewhere as an Obama czar or some other position in the Obama administration that does not require background checks or vetting of any sort. But, if she were still with the IRS, she’d be too busy checking the customer lists of tea shops to worry about confirmed liberal haunts like Starbucks.

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