Protest of Starbucks over concealed firearms planned at Va. Tech

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- Families of the victims of both the Virginia Tech and Columbine High School shooting massacres are planning to demonstrate their outrage over Starbucks decision to allow the open and concealed carry of firearms in its coffee shops. The double protests will take place in Blacksburg on April 17 and in Denver on April 18.

The protests are planned at a time most meaningful to both the Virginia Tech and Columbine High communities. On April 16, Virginia Tech commemorates the third anniversary of the shooting that claimed 32 lives. April 20 marks the eleventh anniversary of the shooting that left 13 dead at Columbine.

Organizers of the protests hope that public demonstration against Starbucks policy will urge the company's executives to reconsider, following the lead of chains like San Francisco-based Peet's Coffee & Tea and California Pizza Kitchen, both of which put policies in place to prevent gun owners from carrying firearms in their stores.

Protest Details:
In Blacksburg - Saturday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m. at Starbucks Kent Square location on Main Street. Denver - Sunday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. at Starbucks 6th and Grant location.

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