One week after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that the coffee chain no longer welcomes guns, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts have come out with their own policies in support of concealed-carry laws.
Even though Schultz said there was no “outright ban” on guns and that no one legally carrying a gun would be asked to leave Starbucks, his announcement immediately set off a firestorm among gun owners.
Business Insider asked officials with McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts if they had a gun policy in their establishments.
Both companies said they abide by state and local laws governing carrying requirements, according to Business Insider.
McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa McComb gave Business Insider this statement:
“We recognize that there is a lot of emotion and passion surrounding the issue of firearms and open carry weapons laws.
While we respect the differing views of all our customers, McDonald’s company-owned restaurants follow local, state and federal laws as it relates to open carry weapons in our restaurants.
For franchisee-owned restaurants, operational decisions regarding open carry weapon laws are made by the independent franchisee.
That said, as with all aspects of operating a McDonald’s restaurant, we expect our franchisees and their crew to follow local, state and federal laws.”