BREAKING: Target Clarifies Gun Statement is Not a Ban or Prohibition on Gun Carry in Stores

July 2 2014
by GSL Staff
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If you haven’t already heard, Target department stores issued a statement this morning “respectfully requesting” that gun owners not bring guns into their stores. Here is the statement if you haven’t read it yet.

Every day at Target, in everything we do, we ask ourselves what is right for our guests? We make all of our decisions with that question in mind. Questions have circulated in recent weeks around Target’s policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores. Today, interim CEO, John Mulligan, shared the following note with our Target team members. We wanted you to hear this update from us, too.

The leadership team has been weighing a complex issue, and I want to be sure everyone understands our thoughts and ultimate decision.

As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.

We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.

This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.

Moms Demand Action and the Bloomberg camp were quick to claim a victory. Here are some of the highlights of the high five action going on in the anti-gun camp.

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However, NOT SO FAST. As anyone with a basic understanding of the English language can see, this is merely a request, not a ban, right? Why don’t we ask Target themselves. According to The Columbian,

Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said the retailer will not post signs at its stores asking people not to bring guns inside. “It is not a ban,” she said. “There is no prohibition.”

She said the company decided to make this statement after hearing from people on all sides of this issue.

So, in short, absolutely nothing has changed.

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