Baristas to begin packing guns

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KLXY.com (Spokane, WA): After three robberies in less than a month at Jitterz Java, employees say they’re refusing to be victimized anymore and are preparing to pack heat on the job.

Jitterz Java owner Sara Chapel is encouraging her staff members not only to bring their guns, but she’s keeping one in the stand just in case. “I would rather have it and need it, than need it and not have it,” Krystal Cogswell said.

Order a drink and you may find yourself looking at Krystal Cogswell’s .38 Special Lavender Lady secured to her hip. She’s one of the half dozen employees arming themselves in case of another robbery.

“Before I never felt an immediate threat, so I would just have it off to the side or somewhere hidden. But now I feel like if someone can see it, maybe it will just deter it right then and there and I won’t ever have to use it,” she explained.

Security footage from the latest robbery attempt Sunday night shows a suspect holding what looks like a weapon trying to enter the shop through the drive-thru window. The employee was able to put down a block to stop the entry and grab her gun, but by then the suspect left.

Chapel is making sure her employees can defend themselves if it happens again. “A couple of them bring handguns every day, no matter what shift it is. There is always a gun here now,” she said.

So far, there has been an outpouring of support from customers. “I think it’s pretty awesome,” customer Kelly Dirks said. “This isn’t a corporation. I encourage them to get guns under each window and shoot first,” customer Sharon Whitt said.

Cogswell said there was only one case where someone didn’t like the idea of baristas with Berettas. “I only had one guy that said, ‘Whoa, maybe you girls shouldn’t have them because when you’re angry you do things you shouldn’t,'” Cogswell said.

Cogswell said she has her concealed weapons license and has been around guns her entire life. She doesn’t plan on using her gun — unless there’s one pointing at her. “I’d like to defend myself if the time comes,” she said.

As far as the legality of it is concerned, Spokane Police said it is completely legal as long as the employees who are armed are 18 and older and do not have any prior convictions that restrict them from using firearms.

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Sig94
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I’ll have a triple venti sugar free, non fat, no foam, extra caramel, with semi-jacketed hollow points and whipped caramel macchiato. Oh, and make sure the hollow points are swaged, not cast. Cast gives me gas.

swampygirl7
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I am a 66 yr. old woman. I live in the country, spend time alone in the woods and would like to be able to protect myself. I was raised around firearms and learned to shoot when I was 9 yrs. old. I was denied a CCP because when I was 19 yrs.old (1967!!!) I was busted in Palm Beach with 1/2 oz. of marijuana. I have contacted the sheriff’s office down there and all they tell me is that I need to get this felony expunged from my record before I am issued a permit. I do not have… Read more »

Sig94
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swampygirl7 – there are community based organizations that do this. Typically they are more concerned with people who want a record expunged or “relieved” so they can get a certain type of job that requires licensing like a nurse, hair dresser, etc. First contact your local district attorney’s office – they should have a good idea of the process in FL, but you will have to eventually contact the Palm Beach county. The DA’s usually have to provide some disposition information if the courts don’t have it. Just be prepared to find out that the original records are lost, burned,… Read more »

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TPR

BTW, I meant to also say, Great post! I think Open Carry is a great idea. Like the Old Wild West. Nobody ever messed with Matt Dillon, lol. They say in Durango, CO, all the cowboys walk around with their guns & holsters, which I think is not only a hoot but why not? I’d feel safer, wouldn’t you? As for this: “I only had one guy that said, ‘Whoa, maybe you girls shouldn’t have them because when you’re angry you do things you shouldn’t…‘” Um, excuse us, sir, but I believe it’s *mostly* GUYS who commit all the CRIMES… Read more »

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truckjunkie

I hope this goes viral and MANY more businesses choose to allow guns to be carried in their establishments by customers and employees. Our Second Amendment Right is already as explicit as it needs to be. ALL the restrictions being pushed on us are not the results OF the Second Amendment,or anything to do with guns or crime,or “public safety”,but OF the Anti-Gunners’ “reinterpretation” of the Second Amendment in their attempt to make it conform to their Anti-Gun agenda. (Liberals use this “reinterpretation” of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to force most,if not ALL,of their agenda’s strike-points on us.… Read more »