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Retailers and restaurants are taking stands on open carry weapons

Gloria Lincoln-Thompson of Garden City, Michigan carries her Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm pistol in her belt while participating in a rally and march supporting Michigan's Open Carry law April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan.
Gloria Lincoln-Thompson of Garden City, Michigan carries her Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm pistol in her belt while participating in a rally and march supporting Michigan's Open Carry law April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan.
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A national group known as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDAGSA) is raised an issue about a customer’s right to carry a gun at a restaurant or retail store. On the other side of the issue are groups like Open Carry Texas (OCT) which has encouraged people to openly carry weapons into retail establishments. This has put many retailers and restaurants in the position of being expected to make a statement concerning a very emotional issue. Strong passions on both sides of the cultural issue companies must make a decision to address the issue one way or the other or to stay completely neutral, which is almost impossible.

The largest retail success for MDAGSA to date has been Target and in the food service sector Sonic. Starbucks and Chipotle have also adopted company stances restricting guns in their stores.

However McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts have taken a stand that they will follow federal, state and local laws relative to customers carrying guns in corporate owned stores. However both have left an open door to franchisees to make their own judgment calls.

“We recognize that there is a lot of emotion and passion surrounding the issue of firearms and open carry weapons laws,” said McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb.

Kroger has taken an even more forceful stand on the issue showing a strong customer service aspect to the issue.

“Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don’t want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun,” spokesperson Keith Daily told Huff Post. “We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”

Shortly following Target’s adoption of their no-guns policies several robberies occurred and are blamed on the policy shift by the store that has a visual target on their building.

“That’s what happens in gun-free zones,” Jerry Henry, a gun rights advocate and executive director of GerogiaCarry.org, told WND. “They actually should be called victim-enrichment zones because that’s what they are. If anyone wants to commit a crime with impunity, take your gun where there are no guns. You can do what you want, get in and get out and there’s nobody to stop you.”

Shortly after a North Carolina restaurant’s sign banning open and concealed weapons was reported on a local news broadcast the restaurant was robbed at gunpoint according to Newsmax TV.

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