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State Rep. Jeff Thompson

It’s too late to hop in the dually and truck it up to Bossier City, but state Rep. Jeff Thompson wanted to buy you a cup of coffee at his favorite coffee shop — Chick-Fil-A. Sorry for the no heads up.

Thompson likes him some guns-n-ammo and the right to bear arms, and today he hosted a “Guns and Coffee” event at the pro-family, super pro-poultry fast food restaurant to protest Starbucks’ asking customers last week to refrain from bringing firearms into its cafés. There are three Starbucks cafés on the white side of the Red River, and Jeff Thompson is ag’in ‘em.

In a letter to supporters, Thompson, founder of the group Defend Louisiana — he sponsored some pro-gun legislation in the last session because if you’re not pro-gun you’re no-gun — said in an email to supporters, “I look forward to buying Bossier residents a cup of coffee and discussing the current battle to defend our right to protect our families.” Those who took Thompson up on his offer of a free cup o’ joe could also register for a drawing giving away a commemorative Louisiana bicentennial shotgun.

The Starbucks request that so incensed the rep came in the wake of the mass shooting at the Navy Ship Yard in Washington, D.C., and following a “Starbucks Appreciation Day” held by gun nuts in August to thank the chain for its policy of observing local gun laws, i.e., allowing patriots in communities with open-carry laws to enjoy their lattés with their Glocks in full view. Starbucks evidently still observes local gun laws, but became uncomfortable being portrayed as pro-gun by members of the well-regulated militia.

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