a private company on the other hand is under no such restriction. just like this messageboard. they can lock and censor any post/thread they want to and there is no consitutional violation.
a private company has the right to restrict guns in their store.
target doesn't sell guns as far as i know. i have yet to be in a targets that sells sporting goods, and if they do it is a very small aisle with little on it.
if you want something like that go to walmart they have everything in there or another sports store.
then again, i'm not sure we need only to entertain the irrational fears of people to determine what we can or should do.
while i would not carry a rifle as a matter of practicality, we might want to look into whether these fears that folks so ardently express are valid.
now of course we all see the stories of mass killings, etc..but what is never emphasized is that your odds of this happening are extraordinarily rare... yet some believe that every gun they see is one that will shortly be used against them.
but, meh, it's to be expected when you have a decades long active fear campaign working towards that end.
that's not to say that vigilance should be abandoned... one absolutely should be vigilant... I fully expect for people to eyeball me if they find out i'm carrying.. i appreciate their vigilance, in fact.
it's just as irrational to completely ignore these guys as it is to be automatically be fearful of them.
of course, i can say this because i remember a day when these fears were not ever-present... when guns were carried without the masses going absolutely nuts over it.
hell, I can remember as a child of 11 or 12 walking into Mcdonalds with my rifle slung over my shoulder to get an ice cream cone after an afternoon of shooting cans.. and nobody batting an eye... no national media attention... nothin'
seeing a person openly carrying a handgun was fairly common.. it was simply no big deal.
but i do agree that in todays environment, it wasn't the smartest political stunt to pull... as evident by folks losing their everloving minds over this, including people who were not there.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
I'll forgo an openly expressed deterrent in favor of a tactical advantage.... and i do this while keeping in mind that the odds that someone is there to do harm is extraordinarily low....
while other people feelings are a factor in my decision, they are not a paramount concern... I learned long ago that i have no control over a persons feelings.
that said, in some cases I have carried open.. primarily because carrying concealed in the hot summer months can be a pain in the ass.
I don't ,however, buy into the argument that this stuff will sway the fencesitters.. in my experience on this particular issue, there are no fencesitters.
those whom lose their minds are not fencesitters, their positions have been previously established.