A gun rights group in the state is speaking out about the planned Starbucks Appreciation Day which never came to fruition on Friday at the Newtown location, because the coffeehouse closed early.
Connecticut Carry said in an emailed statement that the company should not be put in the middle of the divisive issue and that they've called for no rallies at Starbucks locations. The company has asked that their stores not be used as a political rallying point.
Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess said respecting the property rights of Starbucks is the best way to show appreciation for a business that allows firearms on the property. The organization didn't plan Friday's event and says people must conduct themselves in a responsible and respectful manner.