Starbucks bought full-page ads in four national newspapers Thursday to run a letter asking gun owners in states where openly carrying arms is legal not to bring their weapons into the company's cafes. The chain has been an unwilling focus of both sides of the fierce national gun debate, CEO Howard Schultz said. "I want to make it very clear that Starbucks is not a policy maker and as a company we are not pro- or anti-gun. However, there have been a number of episodes over the course of the last few months that have put us in a position to take a big step back and assess the issue of open carry."

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