Summary box: Guns and retailers

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Associated Press

Posted on March 9, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 9 at 9:01 AM

THE BACKGROUND: Starbucks became the focus of a debate between advocates of "open-carry" gun laws and gun-control groups for its policy of allowing weapons into its stores where it's legal.

COMMON PRACTICE: Starbucks follows local and state laws that allow people to carry visible weapons, which is legal in most U.S. states. Many large retailers do the same.

RETAIL POLITICS: Businesses shy away from divisive political arguments because they are no-win situations that can alienate customers and cost sales.

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