02/22/2013 02:24 pm ET

'Gun Owners Support Starbucks' Day Celebrated On February 22

The Second Amendment may not have much to do with your daily cappuccino. But on Friday, some gun rights activists plan to descend on Starbucks, bringing the coffee chain face-to-face with the nationwide debate on gun control.

Starbucks does not prohibit customers from openly carrying guns in states where it is legal, and in an effort to show thanks for this policy, some activists have designated Friday, February 22, "Gun Owners Support Starbucks" Day.

More than 1,000 people plan to participate, according to a Facebook event page, and 700 people like the movement's Facebook page.

"Some anti-gunners wanted citizens such like myself kicked out of Starbucks for carrying a gun and Starbucks said, 'Hey, we’re here to sell cakes and coffees,'" Ed Levine, an organizer of the event, told WNEW.

"Where laws can permit open carry, our stores permit it. Where laws don't permit open carry, our stores prohibit it," Zack Hutson, a spokesman for Starbucks, told The Huffington Post. "We encourage customer and advocacy groups from both sides to share their input with public officials."

From the event's Facebook page:

>> This is a new *nationwide* grassroots holiday for people who support our most basic civil right.

>> Spend $2 at Starbucks to support a company that supports YOUR human rights, especially the most important right of all, self-defense and the 2nd Amendment.

>> The "2/22" represents both the specific day of this holiday each year, and *also* represents the three reasons that the Founders enshrined the pre-existing right into our founding document:

2 = defense of ourselves.
2 = defense of our families and communities.
2 = defense of our great country.

(Hat tip: CBS DC.)



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