Many businesses have banned customers from openly carrying firearms in states that otherwise allow it, though Starbucks has yet to prevent anyone from packing heat in its stores.
Gun owners across the country are exercising and advertising their rights to carry guns in states that allow it, with many walking into businesses with a handgun strapped to their waists. However, businesses are allowed to ban guns from their stores -- even in those "open carry" states.
Some have outlawed firearms, creating political confrontations with gun owners.
Meanwhile, gun control advocates say such displays destroy the tranquility of places that people expect to be free of guns. A petition demanding that Starbucks ban guns from its stores has quickly gained 26,000 signatures.