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By The Associated Press
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

NEW YORK — Target is “respectfully” asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.

In a statement posted on Wednesday on the retailer's corporate blog, interim CEO John Mulligan said 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,” he said.

In many states, carrying unconcealed guns in public is legal.

Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said Target's move is a “request and not a prohibition.”

“We don't have any plans for proactive communication to guests beyond what Target leadership shared today,” she added.

Target does not sell fire-­arms in its stores or on its website.

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