Target at center of new gun-carry controversy
After demonstrations by advocates toting long guns into stores, a reform group petitions the company to change its policies.
A gun reform group on Wednesday called on discount retail chain Target (TGT) to ban the open carrying of firearms in its stores.
The petition from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America follows demonstrations by a pro-gun group bringing long guns into Target stores.
Following the petition, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder wrote in an email, "The safety and security of our guests and team members is our highest priority. Target does not sell firearms or ammunition and is committed to following all state and federal laws. However, I don't have any specific information to share regarding this organization."
Shannon Watts, the gun reform group's founder, called the Target demonstrations "unacceptable."
"Target is a central part of the lives of American moms -- we expect to be safe and secure when we wheel our kids around in the store's red shopping carts. And we support the Second Amendment but people walking through the aisles flaunting their loaded weapons -- as these extremist gun groups have been doing -- is unacceptable," she said in a statement.
In response, Chipotle and Sonic asked customers to refrain from bringing firearms into its restaurants while Brinker asked Chili's Bar & Grill customers not to openly carry guns.
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this is going on all over Tarrant County Texas. I really do not get their cause, they have a right to carry a long rifle in a non threatening manner here in Texas and they have the 2nd Amendment guaranteeing then the right to keep arms. Why in the Hell do they have to walk around scaring people when there is no point to be made? No one is trying to take anybody's gun away so it seems to me they are just making a point to make a point, we call that pissing in the wind down here in Texas.
I have wondered at times why when some of the guys that went on shooting sprees were not stopped by someone, I mean a teenager years back walked into a crowded Mall, went up to the mezzanine level on an escalator and stood up there shooting down on people. He was carrying a long rifle, not concealed, so why could someone not have tackled and beat the crap out of him? BUT NO, now we have to endure idiots walking around stores that families frequent, they have been stopping traffic and approaching cars on the road (illegally) and scaring the hell out of people. In Arlington the first day they did the traffic thing the Arlington Police got 27 calls to 911. When are we supposed to become just so callused and complacent that when a kid walks into a mall with a rifle are we just supposed to assume everything is OK since he has a right to do it?
I guess we decide once he starts shooting people.
I own many guns and am currently an NRA member so I am certainly not anti-gun. However these people are crazy and in my opinion a threat to public safety. No rational person would feel the need to openly carry a semiautomatic rifle in public areas in the USA and doing so is clearly the action of a mentally unsound person. Only extreme paranoia and delusional thinking would lead a person to believe they needed to carry a weapon of that type with them while conducting their daily affairs. I am extremely disappointed that the NRA has come out in support of people pushing this extreme position and I am going to give renewing my membership when it comes due next year serious thought. Enough is enough.
A group of radicals who have too much time on their hands and want to show that they're big people by brandishing their big guns.
These people are exactly the kind of gun owners that people NEED to be worried about. They are extremists that are trying to pick a fight. They WANT someone to come up and argue with them so that they can 'put them in their place'. You'd never see them out 'protesting' to protect freedom of the press because they wouldn't have their guns to screw up their courage.
I got nothing against guns.
I got something against morons, tough guys, and lunatics hoping for trouble to make them feel better about themselves.
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