Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E) – Target stores will request shoppers not to carry firearms inside its premises even if the outlet is located in communities with open carry laws.
Target interim CEO John Mulligan announced the new policy Wednesday in response to last month’s request by the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense (MDAGS).
“Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” Mulligan said in a statement posted in the company’s blog.
No signs asking people not to bring guns inside Target stores will be posted, according to Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder, who clarified that the company is not banning guns.
Last month, MDAGS complained that some shoppers inside Target stores show their guns to other customers and demanded that the company act. It launched a petition that drew 400,000 signatures and posted on social media photos of shoppers carrying guns inside Target stores.
On Wednesday, the group thanked Target for responding to its concern.
Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, a Minnesota group, said gun owners and permit holders will have to decide whether to keep shopping at Target.