(wxyz) - Target is asking its shoppers to leave their guns at home.
The move comes after images showing people carrying AK-47’s inside target stores. The pictures were taken in states that allow open carry - like Georgia.
Target executives say it was a difficult decision, but in the end it came down to a simple belief that, "bringing firearms to target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create."
Target announced the change in an internet post from interim CEO John Mulligan :
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.