Community supports ETX coffee shop's stance on guns - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Community supports ETX coffee shop's stance on guns

MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas coffee shop is overwhelmed with the support they got Thursday night for their stance on guns.

The Mineola coffee shop has new signs on their door, walls and counter, making sure that the people inside know their firearms are just as welcome as they are.

"If you have a lawful carry permit, we're going to welcome you here. We're not going to fear you. We don't want our customers to fear you," says Henry's House of Java manager Tammi Williams.

Henry's House of Java in Mineola made their stance on firearms very clear after Starbucks announced they do not want their customers bringing handguns into their stores. Once word about their stance spread, people stopped by to thank them.

"We had actually closed at 4 o'clock and people were lining up at the door so we went ahead and reopened and as you can tell we've still got people here. Everybody was being very supportive, I mean, thanking us for putting the sign on the door and we just wanted to let people know we support them," says Williams.

"It makes me feel like it's a safe place to bring my son or the rest of my family. I get to choose whether I want to defend myself or run away," says customer Neal Duncan.

"I think people saw this as an opportunity to rally around and say yes, we are for the second amendment, we are for the rights of law abiding citizens. This is a neat opportunity to support a local business and make a statement about our constitutional rights while we're at it," says District 5 State Representative Bryan Hughes.

The Starbucks CEO says their employees won't ask customers carrying guns to leave, but they'd like them to leave the guns at home or in their cars. 

"Well, I think it's very important just to start the conversation by framing the fact that Starbucks is not a policy maker, and in fact, we are not pro- or anti-gun. However, we do believe that guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience," Schultz told CNN.

"We have a lot of political discussion here at the coffee shop, as you can imagine, and the second amendment has always been a topic," says Williams, "A lot of discussion has been, you know, 'Are you scared that you're going to open up the door to people coming in just to harm someone?' and unfortunately, as we all know, you don't need a permit to do that."

The signs say that the coffee shop recognizes the God-given right to self defense and that they support and encourage the lawful carry of concealed weapons.

"The important thing is to be a responsible gun owner. That's the most important thing," says Williams.

She says the coffee shop only got one negative comment Thursday about their new signs.

Starbucks says their policy change is not a ban as much as it's a request. They say they'll still serve people who may be carrying concealed handguns in their stores. The CEO also says his personal views on guns did not factor into the company's decision.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Longview Animal Control supervisor helps pass cruelty law

    Longview Animal Control supervisor helps pass cruelty law

    Monday, October 23 2017 7:27 AM EDT2017-10-23 11:27:17 GMT
    Longview Animal Control Supervisor Chris Kemper. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV.Longview Animal Control Supervisor Chris Kemper. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV.

    With the passing of Texas Senate Bill 762 it became a felony 3 to abuse or torture an animal in the state of Texas, and Longview's Chris Kemper helped give the law teeth.

    More >>

    With the passing of Texas Senate Bill 762 it became a felony 3 to abuse or torture an animal in the state of Texas, and Longview's Chris Kemper helped give the law teeth.

    More >>
  • 1 dead, 1 injured in Tyler wreck

    1 dead, 1 injured in Tyler wreck

    Monday, October 23 2017 6:50 AM EDT2017-10-23 10:50:16 GMT

    From the Tyler Police Department On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:16 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 8300 block of Paluxy Drive on a head-on collision. Upon arrival by EMS and Tyler Fire it was determined that that one driver was deceased and the other driver was pinned in. Accident investigators said that a 2014 GMC Sierra driven by Dakota Payne, W/M, age 27, of Diana, Texas was traveling northbound on Paluxy and drove into the southbound lane striking a 2000 GMC Yukon head-on....

    More >>

    From the Tyler Police Department On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:16 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 8300 block of Paluxy Drive on a head-on collision. Upon arrival by EMS and Tyler Fire it was determined that that one driver was deceased and the other driver was pinned in. Accident investigators said that a 2014 GMC Sierra driven by Dakota Payne, W/M, age 27, of Diana, Texas was traveling northbound on Paluxy and drove into the southbound lane striking a 2000 GMC Yukon head-on....

    More >>
  • Longview Fire Department responds to residential fire

    Longview Fire Department responds to residential fire

    Sunday, October 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-10-22 23:09:49 GMT

    The Longview Fire Department responded to a residential fire on the corner of Alpine Road and Bolivar Street in Longview. Five fire engines responded. Witnesses stated that flames were appearing out of the house. The fire is under control but is not completely out yet. The firefighters conducted a primary search and concluded the home was clear of people. Further details will be released when they become available.   Copyright 2017 KLTV. All Rights Reserved.

    More >>

    The Longview Fire Department responded to a residential fire on the corner of Alpine Road and Bolivar Street in Longview. Five fire engines responded. Witnesses stated that flames were appearing out of the house. The fire is under control but is not completely out yet. The firefighters conducted a primary search and concluded the home was clear of people. Further details will be released when they become available.   Copyright 2017 KLTV. All Rights Reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly