Target asks customers to leave firearms at home

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Target announced Wednesday it is adopting a no-guns policy and, in a statement, asked that customers not bring guns into stores.

Even customers in localities where guns are allowed will be subject to the chain's new policy.

"Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create," Target's interim CEO John Mulligan said in a statement.

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.

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.



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