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Sheridan coffee drinkers react to Starbucks new gun policy

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Starbucks wants its customers to know that its coffee shops will no longer welcome guns inside.

Multiple shootings have taken place inside or near a Starbucks over the past few years, including one in Cheyenne in 2011.

Just a day after the shooting in the Washington Navy Yard, CEO Howard Schultz wrote a letter on the Starbucks website requesting customers no longer bring guns into the stores or outdoor seating areas, even in 'open carry' states, like Wyoming.

Talking to customers outside the Sheridan Starbucks, most don't have a problem with Schultz's request.

"Seems to me that guns in a retail establishment, especially given Starbucks' history with shootings on their locations, I think it's probably a good policy.  You can leave the gun in the car and lock it up," said Mike Zimmerman of Sheridan, who is a gun owner.

"He has the right to make that decision and people have the right to carry guns as long as it's legal for them to do it and if they don't agree with his decision, they don't have to go to his business," said David Todd of Sheridan, who does not own a gun.

This is only a request and not an outright ban.  Schultz says someone carrying a gun would receive the same type of service.

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