Target asks customers to leave guns at home

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Target is the latest retailer to ask customers to leave their guns at home.

This is after a push from the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started by Zionsville mom Shannon Watts.

The organization says it wants companies to adopt policies promoting a common-sense approach to guns.

Others already on board include Starbucks, Chipotle and Costco.

Regarding its decision, Target issued a statement Wednesday that read, in part, “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.”

Indiana law states that handguns can be carried only with a license.

But these companies are asking, in spite of this, that customers leave their guns at home.

When the National Rifle Association’s annual convention was in Indianapolis in April, Watts called on the NRA to support her group.

“We are not anti-gun,” Watts said. “We absolutely support the Second Amendment. Many of our moms are gun owners, but with rights come responsibilities.”

The push for Target to act against guns in its stores started in June.

But the company noted, this request to customers can’t be legally enforced.

Click here to learn more about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Click here for the National Rifle Association’s list of gun laws by state. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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