BREAKING: Target “Requests” Gun Owners Don’t Bring Firearms Into Stores, but Refuses to Ban Them

July 2 2014
by GSL Staff
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UPDATE: Target does clarify that this is NOT a ban on legally carried firearms. 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.

Target has been the most recent target of the anti-gun groups Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety due to open carry demonstrations that took place in a couple of stores months ago.

Now Target has issued a statement on the matter. The group has requested people not bring their guns into stores, however they will not ban the carrying of firearms from their stores, even openly carried ones.

The statement seems to have placated the anti-gun crowd, even though absolutely nothing has changed in practice.

Here is the full statement from their website.

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.

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