In the wake of gun rights advocates bringing rifles into Target stores in Texas and several other states, the retailer suddenly finds itself in the middle of an apparent battle between them and people who want it to prohibit guns in stores.
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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has previously lobbied Chipotle and other merchants to prohibit guns in their stores, has asked Target to also do so.
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The gun rights organization Open Carry Texas has a photo of an activist in a Target store, with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder. The group contends that it would be a bad idea for Target to ban guns.
“I wouldn’t feel safe taking my family into an establishment where the only person potentially armed is a criminal,” said Tov Henderson, a spokesman for the group.
Henderson said Open Carry Texas is trying to persuade the Texas Legislature to allow people to legally carry handguns in the open.
In recent months, restaurant chains Chili’s, Starbucks, Chipotle and Jack in the Box have denounced open-carry displays after armed men gathered in their stores.