Proponents of open carry laws in California are calling for boycotts of Peet's Coffee and California Pizza Kitchen chains today, as both chains announced they will prohibit the possession of firearms in their stores. This comes after an open carry group met at a Peet's and met with mixed reactions. The next meeting was going to be at a California Pizza Kitchen, but the new policy rules that out.
Peet's policy is: "While Peet's Coffee & Tea respects and values all individuals' rights under local, state and federal laws, our policy is not to allow customers carrying firearms in our stores or on our outdoor seating premises unless they are uniformed or identified law enforcement officers. Like most other private businesses, particularly retail establishments, we believe this policy is in the best interests of all of our customers, regardless of their personal beliefs. In no way does this policy conflict with or discriminate under the law, and it does not take a position on the law." And CPK's: "CPK does not allow guests other than uniformed officers to display firearms in our restaurants. CPK is a family oriented restaurant and the comfort and well being of our guests is a top priority. We are concerned that the open display of firearms would be particularly disturbing to children and their parents."
Both of these policys are 100% legal and make perfect sense. And yet, the open carry folks are angry (as is their natural state, it seems..) They are perfectly within their rights to call for a boycott, and (as customers of both those chains) I hope they do. I enjoyed this sign they are running.
P.S. – Guess where else asserts it's rights to say you can't bring a gun onto the premises? NRA headquarters. I think I'll see about organizing a boycott.
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