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  •  Notice the language (5+ / 0-)

    They "respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law."  Target hasn't banned guns from its stores.  Target just merely shifted the burden of responsibility to the customers rather than taking a firm stand against open carry.

    Pretty wishy-washy, if you ask me.

    If only my uterus could shoot bullets, then it wouldn't need regulation

    by TigerMom on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:16:54 AM PDT

    •  They could have said nothing (3+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, TigerMom, cville townie

      and let their silence be taken as consent.

      We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

      by Vita Brevis on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:29:26 AM PDT

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    •  The thing is (1+ / 0-)
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      Vita Brevis

      with concealed weapons, you have to tell the customer before they enter the store that it's not allowed. Otherwise you'll never see the gun, and they'd need an excuse to stop someone suspected of having brought a weapon in anyway. In some states, the form of the sign is mandated by law (though this is largely to make it visible, I think, to rile up the gun crowd).

      But with open carry, even with just a wishy-washy statement, they could also have an unpublished policy of allowing or requiring store managers to tell customers with visible weapons to leave the store. They can have it both ways; they don't have to post any signs, but they can just turn them around right at the entrance.

      I wouldn't want to be the store employee or greeter responsible for doing that, though, that's for sure, so I'm not sure that they would handle it that way. I suspect the underlying issue is that they want an official policy of a gun-free environment, but only really want to enforce it on open-carry people or in other specific cases where they feel it could risk a problem.

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