Back to School Shopping Guide
In late August, a woman shopping in a North Carolina Staples store accidentally shot herself when shopping with her two-year-old son. It’s just another incident that shows the danger of allowing guns in places they don’t belong.
Moms make the vast majority of the spending decisions in American families. It’s time for us to use our economic power to reward companies that put our safety first, and pressure those that don’t. Here’s a quick guide to companies that have gun sense, and those that don’t. If you don’t see a business listed here, ask the store manager where you shop. Let companies know that you want them to start the school year with gun sense.
Staples told Moms Demand Action that it has a no-gun policy in the state of Arizona, but it has yet to take this policy nationwide. Individual Staples stores are allowed to prohibit firearms, and many do. Given the recent shooting in North Carolina, it only makes sense for Staples to go gun-free. If you do your back-to-school shopping at Staples, print out this friendly letter and give it to the store manager. Encourage Staples to do the right thing and protect its customers.
The membership warehouse club has a no-firearms policy in their stores. Only authorized law enforcement officers are permitted to carry guns inside a Costco. The company explains: “For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace.”
The nationwide chain prohibits patrons from carrying guns in its stores. According to the company: “The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority, and we believe prohibiting guns at our stores furthers this priority.” Don’t see a sign banning firearms at your local CVS? Ask your store manager to post one. CVS reiterated to Moms Demand Action that it takes its policy seriously and that signs should be posted in areas where state or local laws makes them necessary.
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This chain gets a failing grade for gun sense. Not only does Walmart allow guns in its stores, it also sells assault-style weapons, as well as guns that are marketed to children. Make sure Walmart knows that American moms won’t spend their back to school dollars at a company that won’t prioritize the safety of our kids and families.