(HARTFORD COURANT) — NEWTOWN, Conn. — The Starbucks store here closed early Friday, taping a notice to its front door that indicated that it didn’t want to take part in a national observance by gun advocates.

The advocates had planned to meet at Starbucks stores across the country Friday evening to show their appreciation that the Seattle-based corporation does not prohibit customers from entering its stores with firearms in states that have open-carry laws.

The store in Newtown was listed as one of the stores to be visited. On Dec. 14, 20 first-graders and six educators were killed by a gunman at the town’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many of the town’s residents have been vocal supporters of stronger gun control laws.

Although the store had closed, more than a dozen gun supporters showed up at the store on Church Hill Road anyway, many carrying their weapons openly. A handful of gun-control supporters also showed up, and as a steady rain fell, the two groups took shelter under different parts of the building’s overhang.

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