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Target: No Guns Allowed in Family Friendly Stores

Minneapolis-based Target is asking customers to leave their guns at home if they live in an area, such as Georgia, where open carry of weapons is allowed.

Georgia gun owners with carry permits need to leave their weapons at home when they visit a Target store. File|Patch
Georgia gun owners with carry permits need to leave their weapons at home when they visit a Target store. File|Patch

Georgia gun owners with carry permits need to leave their weapons at home when they visit a Target store.

The retailing giant, which does not sell guns or ammunition, posted a blog Wednesday that says “we respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”

Target’s interim CEO, John Mulligan, said: “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.” 

What do you think of the gun-free Target policy? Tell us in comments below.

Gun-rights activists have focused on different retailers as they have announced policies restricting the “open carry” of guns in stores. Businessweek reports that Chipotle and Starbucks have been targets of scrutiny after the chains decided they would not allow guns in their locations.

As of July 1, House Bill 60 (the Safe Carry Protection Act) allows licensed gun owners to bring guns into a variety of places formerly barred. There are a number of rules, requirements and exceptions included in the text of the bill – churches, for example, may decide on an individual basis whether that church will allow guns inside.

The law allows private property owners to decide whether to allow Georgians with gun-carrying permits onto their premises with their weapons, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, so Minneapolis-based Target is within its rights to ask customers to leave their guns at home.

Gun-rights activists have demonstrated at Target stores in Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Virginia, Businessweek says. Photographs of men carrying assault rifles while shopping in a Texas Target store ignited debate on social media.

The photos prompted a rebuke from the National Rifle Association, says The Washington Post, which called the demonstrations “downright weird” in a statement on its Web site. Days later, the association’s top lobbyist backtracked on that criticism, labeling them the view of an unauthorized staffer.

In early June, the gun-control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started a petition asking Target to keep gun-toting customers out of its stores.

The group’s website cheered this week’s decision for Target’s more than 1,700 stores.

“This huge change made by one of our country’s largest and leading retailers is proof that when women and mothers collectively use our voices and votes, we will change the culture of gun violence in America,” said the advocacy group.

Ric Honsa, CPA July 05, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Like it or not, you are around people every day that carry guns. People that legally carry are not crackpots. In fact, we are generally more law abiding than most people. Surely you jest.
Octo Slash July 05, 2014 at 09:28 AM
From the article: ' The group’s website cheered this week’s decision for Target’s more than 1,700 stores. “This huge change made by one of our country’s largest and leading retailers is proof that when women and mothers collectively use our voices and votes, we will change the culture of gun violence in America,” said the advocacy group.' ---------- This is what's wrong with the gun-scaredy-cats in this country. They equate law-abiding people exercising their legal right to carry...with so-called "gun violence"... Pathetic and ignorant.
Ric Honsa, CPA July 05, 2014 at 10:24 AM
I want to add that the photo in the article features a Sig P239. In honor of Independence day, I will carry one of my two P239 pistols today, and I will visit Target. David, if you are out and about at Target and you see a guy with a gray hat that reads "GSSF" please say hi. I will buy you a coffee at Starbucks!
Greg Wardlaw July 05, 2014 at 08:50 PM
I don't know if they realize it but Target has made themselves a "larger Target" by asking people to not bring their guns. Thieves everywhere are rejoicing knowing they will be the only ones armed. It could be a marketing ploy "We are a larger Target now"

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