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Some of you readers who are more familiar with ConcealedCarry.com may know about or have even read yourselves a list published a while back in which we discuss businesses that prohibit carrying firearms within their walls. Well, today we are going to be taking a closer look at one of the businesses whose company policy is strictly anti-gun and that is the ironically named Target Corporation.
Target Corp. is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and since its creation way back in 1902, the store has spread to over 1,800 locations worldwide. However, the company's history with firearms has, in recent years, been quite negative. At least if you are a Second Amendment supporter.
The first stand that Target decided to take against firearms took place in the early 1990's when the store ceased selling toy guns that looked “too realistic” in their minds. Only allowing super colorful toy guns like those wild and crazy Super Soaker 3000's that look like a rainbow threw up (but also have some good splash power).
Since then Target has expanded their anti-gun stance when in 2014 it was announced that Target would respectfully request all open and concealed carriers to keep their guns out of Target's properties. The move was met with debate from folks on both sides of the issue. Anti-gunners claiming it made the stores safer while Second Amendment advocates claimed the exact opposite.
Regardless of your opinion on the matter, though, it is Target's decision what to do on its own property and it seems they have made their decision about which side of the aisle they are going to stand on here. But don't take my word for it. Here is the exact quote which Target's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Mulligan gave back in 2014 regarding the store's policy.
The leadership team has been weighing a complex issue, and I want to be sure everyone understands our thoughts and ultimate decision.
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.
We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.
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.
I don't think a more clear statement of Target's intentions could be made than that, but before you worry too much about your Second Amendment rights being assaulted, there are a few things worth noting.
First, just because Target has a no-gun policy doesn't mean you can't have a gun there. Different states have different requirements for what a business like Target has to do in order to prohibit guns. Do your local research. Also, make sure you remember that you have the right to decide where to spend your money and what companies you are going to support. Regardless of how enforceable Target's policy is in your local area; you may consider alternative markets to shop at in order to show your support for companies that support your right to carry.
So what do you think about Target's policy? Start a discussion in the comments below and let us know your stance and if there are other alternatives that you like to shop at so you may continue carrying inside the store.