COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Target is asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.
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.
"This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create," Mulligan posted.
It's a decision that gets the support of Toby Hoover with the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
"We're seeing more and more corporations step up to this and say 'no,'" Hoover said. "The majority of people don't want to be in stores, or public actually, with these people just trying to walk around and scaring them with their guns."
Joe Eaton with the Buckeye Firearms Foundation says Target, as a private property owner, certainly has the right to make this call.
"It is also the right of the gun owners in Ohio and other states to choose where they want to spend their money," he said.
Eaton doesn't believe the policy is an all-out ban on carrying firearms in Target stores, just not in the open.
"Gun owners need to look at when exercising a right is right and need to take into consideration being courteous ambassadors to the non-gun-owners that are out there."
He says openly carrying long-guns into retail establishments is likely the source of the policy.
Target made the announcement after questions arose in recent weeks about its policy on the "open carry" of firearms in its stores.