(MINNEAPOLIS) — Target is asking customers not to bring guns into its stores — even in states where they are allowed to do so.
In a note to employees Wednesday, the company’s interim CEO, John Mulligan, noted there has been a debate recently on the Minneapolis-based retailer’s policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores.
“Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” he said. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target — even in communities where it is permitted by law.”
Mulligan said Target has “listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved.”
“This is a complicated issue,” he continued, “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.”
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