Local moms petition Target to do away with open-carry gun policy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - The petition has thousands of signatures, calling for one of the nation's largest retailers to make a bold move.

Tuesday, the group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense delivered signatures from Virginians asking Target to prohibit the open carry of guns in stores.

"As moms, we just don't think that's appropriate in Target," said Jennifer Hoppe, a mother and member of the group.

The signatures on this petition are just some of the 160,000 collected across the country asking for the company to change its policy.

It all comes on the heels of what happened at a Myrtle Beach store when a real, loaded gun was found in the store's toy aisle.

Megan Abrams shops a a local Target store once a week, and says she'll stop if Target doesn't ban the open carry of guns.

"Loaded weapons have a place and I don't think their place is in retail stores where families are roaming the aisles trying to find things that they use in their homes on a daily basis," she explained.

Another organization, Gun Owners of America, disagrees.

"A gun properly carried is not a danger, even if somebody feels uncomfortable," said Larry Platt, the group's executive director. "Feeling is not a good basis for public policy. "

Some Target shoppers are uncomfortable with guns in one local store.

"I don't see any need for it in a store," one woman told ABC7.

"I'm not a gun advocate," another man said. "I know there are a lot of people that believe in guns, but I don't own one, and I just don't like the idea."