NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - A new survey finds that most voters support Starbucks' request for customers to not bring guns into their shops.
Last year, the national coffee chain announced it will honor "open carry" laws; allowing customers to bring in weapons to their shops.
The decision sparked a heated national debate among gun advocates and gun control supporters. As a result of the backlash, the company's CEO sent out a message last month asking customers to keep their weapons as home.
A new Quinnipiac University Poll found that by a nearly three-to-one margin, Americans support Starbucks' request. Among gun owners, 5 in 10 were in support. 22News spoke with voters, who say the idea of someone carrying a weapon into a coffee shop makes then uneasy.
“It would make me wary; I'd be watching where the exits are and what's going on,” Annamarie Russo of Northampton said.
“By all means, if you got a permit to carry it concealed, carry it concealed. You have to go through a process to get that permit. Not everybody gets that,” James Plaut of Keene, New Hampshire said. “Personally, I don't like them. I think there's too much murder in this country.”
One in 10 survey respondents also said that Starbucks' request, to keep guns at home, will make them more likely to buy their coffee there.