(NBC) - Starbucks has no problem with customers packing heat while placing their orders.
The popular coffee chain says it won't take issue with gun owners who take advantage of "open carry" laws and bring firearms into their restaurants.
Virginia is one of the states that allow gun owners to openly carry firearms in public places. In some places, activists have gathered at restaurants with weapons strapped to their waists just to prove a point.
In California this issue has become a political battle. Some restaurants have banned customers from carrying guns on their premises. Under some laws, establishments can bar customers with firearms, just as they can stop patrons who don't wear shoes.
However, Starbucks isn't jumping on the political bandwagon. The coffee company says it follows state and local laws and has its own safety measures in its stores.