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NEW YORK – If you’re heading to Target, leave your guns at home.

That’s the message the retailer “respectfully” sent to shoppers Wednesday.

In a note posted online, interim CEO John Mulligan said that guns in stores create “an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”

Target, which has nearly 2,000 stores, does not sell firearms or ammunition. A representative for the company said it can’t enforce the request, and will abide by all local gun laws.

The request applies to stores located in communities where people can legally carry firearms openly, Mulligan said.

There are 43 states that have so-called “open carry” laws, meaning you can visibly carry a licensed firearm in public. Many businesses, including Wal-Mart and Home Depot say if guns are allowed in the state, they’re allowed in their stores.

But open carry laws don’t require businesses to allow guns on their properties.

Starbucks, Chipotle, Sonic, Disney theme parks and Chili’s, which is owned by Brinker International, have recently asked their customers to come unarmed.

Gun-control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said it “applauds Target’s decision today to ask customers not to bring guns into its stores,” in a statement released after the decision.

The group started an online petition in June to demand that Target “protect customers in its stores,” which has garnered nearly 400,000 signatures, according to the group. Moms Demand Action also pushed Starbucks and the fast-food chains to take a stand.

Gun-rights advocates have recently been showing up at restaurants and stores, including some Target locations, openly carrying small arms and large assault rifles to protest their right to bear arms.

Open Carry Texas, which organized many of the demonstrations, wrote on its blog on Wednesday that it “regrets” Target’s decision but will honor its “policy of not taking long arms into Target stores or any other business.”


  • Troy Hendrickson

    I support the 2nd Amendment as strongly as NRA members support the rights of others.
    I also support the rights of private property owners to decide whether or not to allow guns on their property.
    Oddly the last armed citizen in a store who attempted to stop a deadly assault was killed without getting off the bad guys, and it was an unarmed citizen who recently stopped a mass shooting unharmed.

    Cooler heads prevail usually.

  • BrutallyHonest

    I also support the 2nd amendment 100%! But, i also really so no reason to “open carry”. If you carry concealed, then no one knows you have it and it then does not cause any problems.

    • John Dean Heidenreich

      Back in the day criminals carried concealed, now we have been brainwashed to beleive that a law abiding citizen exercising their Constitutional Right is doing a bad thing and they should conceal their weapon.

    • Troy Hendrickson

      that’s interesting logic, if you carry a gun onto property they are forbidden to be on, you prove how dishonest you are at the very least, and quite possibly be guilty of the crime of trespass.

    • William Denison

      The Right has no problem with folks walking around with guns knowing full well they kill scores of people every year but they cry foul if a woman wants to use a med to prevent a unwanted pregnancy. Holy cow.

  • Trevor

    We are we going to be told when we can take a crap or not. I strongly support the right to bar arms and will not shop in any store that doesn’t stand behind it. If every person out there did the same the stores would have to change their ways or will close down. If a robber wants to rob one of the stores that do not allow weapons in their store going to say. Well I guess I can’t rob this store they don’t allow guns in there. DUH……..Like the saying goes when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns.

  • QE1983

    First they had a credit card breach. Then they discontinued their AF brand granola cereal. I really have no reason to go there now anyway, armed or not. Their loss.

    • I love fast food and kittens

      Them not having AF brand granola cereal is a game changer for me as well. How am I going to stay regular?

  • William Denison

    Leave your guns in your cars if you shop at Target. But feel free to “Target” other shoppers once your in the parking lot.

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