Success: National Store Chain Blocks the Open Carrying of Firearms


Target: John J. Mulligan, Target Interim President and CEO/CFO

Goal: Thank the chief executive of a major national corporation for enforcing a “no open carry” policy for firearms in their stores

The national corporation Target has come under criticism recently for permitting open carry of guns in their stores. As a result, many demonstrations by groups condoning open-carry policies took place, particularly in states where gun laws are most lax. A recent ForceChange petition called on the CEO of Target, John J. Mulligan, to enforce a policy against openly carrying firearms in Target.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the executives at Target corporation have heard the voices of people who asked for a safer environment where families feel welcome. According to the Tribune, Mulligan has stated, “[S]tarting today we will… respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target, even in communities where it is permitted by law.” To implement this request, Target will place signs at its stores asking that people do not bring guns inside.

Please join us in thanking the CEO of Target for listening to his customers and ensuring the safety and comfort of all patrons in his stores.


Dear Mr. Mulligan,

Thank you for listening to the voice of Americans who reject the open carry of guns in public stores like Target. Target stores have historically been environments where families gather to shop, and the presence of lethal weapons in such an arena is unacceptable. I sincerely appreciate your commitment to maintaining Target stores as safe environments for families.

In the future, I urge you to continue to stand firm on this issue and to request that individuals openly carrying guns not enter the store. This request sends an important message that the threat of violence will not be tolerated at Target stores.

Thank you again for your judgment in this matter.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Deanlaw via Wikimedia Commons

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