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Guns not welcome at Starbucks

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A latte with a side of controversy!

The CEO of Starbucks is verbally prohibiting firearms on property and that even applies to those licensed to carry.

According to our legal experts that's one way to keep CHL Holders off property (give them verbal notice) but one attorney says without proper signage the company is actually making a neutral request.

"How do you know who does have their concealed and who doesn't," asked Craig Crudgington.

Really, you don't know and neither do the employees at Starbucks. However, the CEO is asking guns not be allowed on property including those licensed to carry.

"A lot of them are thinking that one doesn't need a gun this is probably until one needs a gun" says Robert Gonzales. "But to me they have a license to carry a legal weapon and they should" added Janie Hernandez.

Many others feels the same way and fired back on the Starbucks Facebook page but based on the comments some are all for the new policy. That policy by the way, can only be considered valid if the proper signage is out front according to the Texas Penal Code.

"One inch lettering, it's got to be posted in English and in Spanish, contrasting color so people can clearly read the wording things."

Michele Byington, an attorney with Texas Law Shield says, if you see something like what's posted outside this Toys R' Us store it probably only applies to company employees since its assumed

it's part of company policy since it doesn't or can't apply to C-H-L holders unless it's an "official 30.06 sign."

There's no such thing out front of Starbucks store here in Houston and we've learned there won't be, "We're not anti-gun we're not pro-gun we're not a policy maker we just think this is in the best interest of our company and our customers" says Howard Schultz, CEO for Starbucks.

He also mentioned how they don't want to expose children to guns and know that many states do have an open carry law.

Here in Texas, it has to be concealed if you're licensed and employees will not deny anyone service even if customers don't agree with the new policy.

"I've been through the training I just haven't turned in the paperwork but people who have their CHL are found to be law abiding citizens" says Crudgington.

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