NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.<br />
In a statement on the retailer's corporate blog, interim CEO John Mulligan said that Target wants a "safe and inviting" atmosphere for its shoppers and employees.<br />
"Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create," he said.<br />
Target Corp. made the announcement after questions arose in recent weeks about its policy on the "open carry" of firearms in its stores.<br />
The Minneapolis company's stock added 53 cents to $58.90 in Wednesday morning trading.
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House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
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