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Virginia Gun Owners: Celebrating 'Open Carry' Friday at Starbucks?

Celebrating Second Amendment, activists say "2-22 is our holiday."

Gun rights activists in Virginia are celebrating the Commonwealth's open-carry gun laws and the Second Amendment — the right to bear arms — Friday (the date is 2/22) by supporting Starbucks.

So if you're stopping in for a latte Friday, don't be surprised if you see a couple of local gun owners gathered to celebrate the Commonwealth's open-carry gun laws. The open carrying of a handgun in Virginia is lawful. 

Ed Levine, an executive member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League and founder of Virginia Open Carry, told The Washington Post the point of the Starbucks day is “to show the general public that good guys carry guns too."

The group's Facebook page Friday reads:

This is a new *nationwide* grassroots holiday for people who support our most basic civil right.

>> Spend $2 at Starbucks to support a company that supports YOUR human rights, especially the most important right of all, self-defense and the 2nd Amendment.

>> The "2/22" represents both the specific day of this holiday each year, and *also* represents the three reasons that the Founders enshrined the pre-existing right into our founding document:

2 = defense of ourselves.
2 = defense of our families and communities.
2 = defense of our great country.

One participant on the Facebook page posted a photo of a gun on a tabletop next to two Starbucks cups and said: "Showing my support to Starbucks for their support of 2nd Amendment rights."

Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson told The Washington Post “our longstanding position is to comply with local laws in the communities we serve. We think that’s the right way to ensure a safe environment for our partners,” which is both employees and customers.

Rob February 24, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Actually Shawn, it is not, and you missed the point. As I said previously, starbucks has the right to allow people to open carry in their stores, they also have the right to choose not to. I think that people who are not sworn law enforcement officers have really no goo reason to bring guns into a coffee shop, and I do not trust them or their judgement, so I choose to not go to their establishment. You should brush up on your Constitution, because it says no such thing that under no circumstances shall these rights be infringed. That is ridiculous.
T Ailshire February 24, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Rob, you state it clearly. You don't trust me -- and solely because of a piece of equipment I carry. You have chosen to be distrustful of another human being. That saddens me, but only on your behalf. You miss a lot that way. If you met me and spoke to me, without realizing I was carrying, you would probably find me a very trustworthy, ordinary American. Someone or something has convinced you that since I don't hide my ability to defend myself if necessary, I'm evil. Interestingly, you'd be amazed at the number of people I speak with who don't even notice.
Michael Z February 24, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Rob your correct. No it doesn't say that literaly. I figured most people wouldnt take it the way you did. Knowing what it says, be able to understand the way I said it. Here's what it says exactly. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State: This also means you have the right to protect yourself family and property against the government and or foreign invaders (see the 5th Amendment) I could care less if you go or don't go to Starbucks any more. I can say with honesty I haven't been a religious customer to Starbucks but I will from now on support them because they support the constitution an freedom. I am an average guy no one ever has a problem talking with me or even realizes I have a weapon. by the way. Some "citizens" are trained better than lawenforcement! For those that again dont realize what is real and what is not. Not saying me but quite a few people in the DMV have some serious weapons training and skills. I have been around guns all my life so I don't have a problem with them. Most people that have been trained don't. It all comes down to people being uneducated on guns and how to use them fear them.
patty harrison August 09, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I really don't care about your 2nd amendment rights and your love of guns. I simply don't want to be around this gun mentality and your guns and don't want my children exposed to it. America, you have lost your mind...... Glad I left and moved to safer England where the local police still don't wear guns..... and guns are not discussed like they are in the USA....
T Ailshire August 09, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Patty, you've clearly said you don't care about those who disagree with you. Usually, I don't allow that feeling to be mutual, but I'll make an exception in your case. Rights are rights whether you like them or not. Glad you enjoy UK.

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