This Major Chain Wants You To Check Your Guns At The Door…

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Following the lead of several restaurant chains that have made similar pronouncements in recent months, retail giant Target recently informed shoppers that they are encouraged not to bring firearms into any of its nationwide locations anymore.

In a blog post Wednesday, acting CEO John Mulligan said his decision on the “complex issue” of gun rights was made after careful consideration.

“As you’ve likely seen in the media,” he wrote, “there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit ‘open carry’ should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores.”

While he contends the chain will continue to “follow local laws,” he seems to offer a contradictory statement in the following sentence.

“But starting today,” he wrote, “we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”

Such language is similar to that used by companies like Sonic Drive-In, Chipotle, Jack in the Box, and other restaurants that have recently informed customers that legally owned guns are not welcome.

Of course, as certain chains and locally owned eateries have discovered, these policies do nothing to prevent armed criminals from bringing weapons inside. Second Amendment advocates have long contended that gun-free zones only succeed in convincing potentially violent criminals that they are unlikely to meet any resistance among law-abiding patrons.

Mulligan, however, suggested the policy was put into effect to protect “the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”

Anti-gun groups have been working diligently to prompt private companies to back their initiatives in recent months, especially as efforts to enforce stricter gun control laws have been roundly defeated across much of the country.

One such organization took credit for its role in Target’s decision.

A Target spokesperson made a point to confirm that the request is “not a ban,” noting there is officially “no prohibition” on gun owners bringing firearms into the store.

Unfortunately for millions of gun owners, more and more companies are taking the bait laid out by groups like Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. Despite a name and logo that might suggest otherwise, Target is just the latest to prove it is no champion of the Second Amendment.

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  1. This is so misleading. Most of these stores are not banning people with firearms, only open carry. I don't blame them. Like it or not, it freaks too many people out. They have no problem with concealed carry, which I'm all for and do.

  2. Edwardkoziol says:

    I never shop at a Target store so I cold care less but others may opt to go somewhere else where firearms are permitted.Gun owners lets boycott Target thy aren't a American company.

  3. I work for a major grocery chain. Yesterday a regular customer is walking calmly through the store, shopping with his wife for quite a while. He was wearing a gun in a holster and an ammunition belt. I'm not fixated on guns or weapons, have never owned a gun since the bee-bee and pellet guns I had as a kid, but I am an staunch believe in the second amendment and in the Constitution and deplore the steady repudiation of civil and religious liberties and the Bill of Rights under president Obama and Bush. I can't tell you how good it felt to see this customer calmly going about his business in the most peaceful manner while armed! It was so wonderful to have that sense that, yes, there is some freedom still left. Oh may we awake and impeach president Obama and take our country back by every lawful means at our disposal. We need to DEMAND of our representatives an end to this presidency and the restoration of that grand old document, the American Constitution!

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