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
The drugstore chain prohibits guns in its stores because, “The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority.” They also encourage customers to ask a store manager if there is no sign posted stating that firearms are not allowed in their stores.
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.
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.
Not only does Walmart allow guns in its stores, it also sells assault-style weapons, as well as guns that are marketed to children.