Moms Demand Action is calling on American companies to institute policies that promote gun sense, a common-sense approach to protecting our children and families from the growing epidemic of gun violence in America. We’re providing information on company policies here and giving you a way to praise companies that have gun sense, and pressure those that don’t. Keep checking back for our growing guide to businesses with—and without—gun sense.
THEY HAVE GUN SENSE
New Seasons Market
New Seasons proactively decided to adopt a gun sense policy, joining other companies that responded to Moms Demand Action campaigns. According to an email from New Seasons’ customer service advocate, “As the friendliest store in town, we work every day to ensure our staff, neighbors and customers feel safe and welcome in our stores. We’ve had a no-weapons policy in place for some time for our staff. We’re now respectfully asking our customers to leave their weapons at home too. As your neighborhood grocer, we want everyone to feel comfortable shopping in our stores.”
Panera Bread CEO Ronald M. Shaich announced that the company will proactively ask guests at its 1,800 bakery-cafés in 40 states to leave their firearms at home. Panera’s announcement comes after months of discussions between Moms Demand Action and Panera.
Target announced that it heard our concerns and will no longer allow firearms inside stores. This huge change made by one of our country’s largest and leading retailers is proof that when women and mothers collectively use our voices and votes, we will change the culture of gun violence in America!
After seeing photos of armed citizens eating at Sonic Drive-Ins in Texas, Moms Demand Action launched our national #ShakesNotShotguns social media campaign, as well as a petition calling on the Sonic chain to adopt gun sense policies. Just one week later, Sonic responded, releasing this statement, “…we’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas.” Thank you for doing the right thing, Sonic!
Chili’s bar and grill
Moms across the country were deeply disturbed to see photos of armed men inside a Chili’s restaurant in Texas. Chili’s serves alcohol, and as we all know, guns and alcohol are a lethal combination. A week after Moms Demand Action launched our #RibsNotRifles social media campaign, along with a petition calling for Chili’s to keep guns out of its restaurants, Brinker International, which owns both Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants, released this statement, “We recognize that the open carry of firearms in restaurants creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many local liquor laws. So, we kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants and we will continue to follow state and local laws on this issue.”
We applaud Chili’s for taking a stand and choosing #gunsense!
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL
After gun extremists brought semi-automatic, loaded assault weapons into a Dallas-area Chipotle Mexican Grill, Moms Demand Action launched a petition urging Chipotle to prohibit guns from their restaurants. Thanks to you, our petition garnered more than 10,000 signatures in just a few hours! Less than 48 hours later, Chipotle Mexican Grill responded publicly, “…we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.” We thank Chipotle for their gun sense!
JACK IN THE BOX
Just 24 hours after we launched a petition asking Jack in the Box to enforce its policy prohibiting firearms in restaurants, the company answered our call to put public safety first. Brian Luscomb, the company’s vice president of corporate communications said, “The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences.” Thank you Jack in the Box, for putting your customers’ safety first.
FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM
A month-long campaign by Moms Demand Action quickly drew more than 230,000 supporters urging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to address the growing number of illegal gun sales facilitated by their networks. After direct discussions took place between officials from Facebook and our organization, Facebook put nine new measures in place to drastically reduce illegal gun sales. Read about the measures here: http://every.tw/9ways. This victory marks a HUGE milestone in the history of our movement – we’re moving the country toward a culture of gun safety one company, one legislator, one law at a time.
Only authorized law enforcement officers are permitted to carry guns inside a Costco. The company enacted its policy “For the protection of all our members and employees.”
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Peet’s Coffee & Tea puts the safety of its patrons first by prohibiting firearms in its cafes.
On September 18, 2013, Starbucks CEO announced that guns were no longer welcome in Starbucks stores, reversing the company’s previous policy of allowing open and concealed carry if state and local law allowed it. The decision followed a two-month campaign by Moms Demand Action, along with other organizations, to pressure the company to get gun sense. In announcing the new policy, Schultz told CNN, “Guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience.” We applaud Starbucks for standing up for gun sense.
Jo-Ann Fabric and craft stores
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores prohibit concealed weapons in their stores to create a comfortable shopping environment and experience for our customers. Jo-Ann recognizes that there are strong feelings on this issue, and that permit-holders are exercising their state right. Jo-Ann also is exercising its right under state law to post signage prohibiting firearms in their stores.
Sprouts Farmers Market
From their store policies: “We recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms. That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to address concerns of a majority of our customers and team members. That’s why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises.”
Giant has a No Weapons Policy. The purpose of the policy is to provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for customers and visitors to Giant stores. Just as associates are prohibited from carrying weapons on Company property or while on Company business, customers and visitors (other than law enforcement and other authorized security personnel) are prohibited from carrying weapons while shopping in stores. “Weapons” covered by this policy include any firearm, explosive, taser, and any knife or other device that is used or displayed in a manner that could be perceived as dangerous or threatening.
THEY NEED GUN SENSE
Dick’s Sporting goods
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Dick’s announced that it would suspend sales of assault rifles. But less than eight months later, the company resumed selling Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles in its new chain of stores called Field & Stream. It’s an infuriating about-face from Dick’s, which seems to value profits over public safety.
Many individual Staples stores already ban guns, but the company has not yet enacted a policy banning guns in its stores nationwide. Print this letter and deliver it to the manager of your local Staples the next time you shop there, or use the link below to send an email.