Target Latest Retailer to Ask Customers Not to Carry in Their Stores

Off TargetThe second largest discount retailer in the US announced today that they would be deviating from their historical policy of deferring to state and local laws regarding firearms carry in their stores.

In their release, the 36th ranked Fortune 500 company said that they “respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law,” making them the latest in a string of businesses making statements.  That list includes companies such as Starbucks, Chili’s, Chipotle and others who would rather their customers check their rights at the door than allow them to #EatSafe or #ShopSafe.

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.

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.

As our friends over at Guns Save Life put it, “if Target can’t even keep your credit card data safe, why would you trust them to keep you and your family safe?

Regardless of whether you think you could probably still legally carry in the store without incident and with nobody knowing, do you really want to give your money to a company that doesn’t trust you and doesn’t respect your right to keep and bear arms?  Be sure to connect with Target (and other businesses who make similar decisions) on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and use the Project #EatSafe and Project #ShopSafe hashtags to let them know that “No Guns Means No Money!

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