Target has a "respectful" request of its customers: Leave the guns at home, please. 

According to the Associated Press, CEO John Mulligan issued a statement explaining that he wants Target to remain the type of place where people are comfortable spending their money without fear of gunfire. This is totally reasonable: 

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.

Further, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said this was more of a "request" than a mandate. Though some states have laws that permit the carrying of unconcealed weapons in public, people have to understand how the sight of a firearm might alarm the average shopper, and, therefore, make them not want to do business there. 

What's more, the absolute last thing anyone wants is people drawing weapons on each other simply because they can.

[via Associated Press]

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