Sometimes-controversial chicken chain Chick-fil-A is distancing itself from a recent "Guns and Coffee" meet-up at one of its Louisiana stores. A company spokesperson tells the Times-Picayune that state representative Jeff Thompson held the pro-gun event — which offered people free coffee "and allow[ed] them to sign up to join the group and win a commemorative shotgun" — at a Bossier Chick-fil-A restaurant, but the chain was not an official "sponsor" or host. Says the rep: "people gather in our restaurants every day for food and hospitality (but) it's our policy not to host political events."
According to Thompson, the event at the Bossier Chick-fil-A — which he described to the Times-Pic as an "awesome corporate citizen" — was intended as a response to Starbucks' recent request that customers not carry guns inside its stores. Thompson plans more "Guns and Coffee" meet-ups at other gun-friendly businesses, saying last week: "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."
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