Louisiana State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R) is urging conservatives to boycott Starbucks and instead go to coffee shops that have "gun friendly" owners.
Thompson's call, made Friday on the Defend Louisiana website, is in response to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asking customers to not "bring fire arms" into Starbucks coffee shops. Defend Louisiana is a campaign Thompson founded in opposition to new gun laws.
"The home of the most expensive cup of coffee is apparently now the home of one of the most dangerous as well," Thompson said in the statement.
Thompson plans to host "Guns & Coffee" events in the next few weeks where he will buy supporters a cup of coffee and discuss the current debate over gun laws.
"I hope residents in Bossier and across Louisiana come out for a free cup of coffee," Thompson continued in the statement. "You won’t find me in Starbucks… not when I know they openly try to make villains out of law abiding citizens who own guns. I choose to support small business owners who share a love of our Louisiana heritage, the great outdoors and join in my efforts to defend our right to protect our families."
"Not only will I buy you a cup of coffee,” Thompson added. “You will also have the opportunity to register for a giveaway of a limited edition, engraved 200 years of Louisiana statehood commemorative 12 gauge Browning shotgun."