The anti-gun group @Everytown took a victory lap earlier today on Twitter and bragged that they were able to get the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain to get customers to “leave their guns at home.”
You spoke, and Trader Joe's listened. They’ve asked customers to leave their guns at home. https://t.co/Xpur0LlMAz
— Everytown (@Everytown) February 19, 2016
Well, not really. Here’s Dana Loesch with the truth:
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 19, 2016
From the Forbes link in Dana’s tweet:
The company’s director of public relations Alison Mochizuki told Forbes that while the chain prefers that shoppers leave weapons of any kind at home, they follow local gun laws:
“In general, at Trader Joe’s, the policies we create and follow are for ourselves and cover our own behavior. We have an explicit policy that prohibits our Crew Members (employees) from possessing firearms—or any other type of weapon—while performing job duties, while on company property, or while at company-related events. We do not presume to control our customers’ behavior through grocery store policy.
Our approach has always been to follow local laws; for example, New Mexico specifically prohibits ‘open carry’ in stores that sell alcohol for off-site consumption. In Texas, we follow a new change in the law (Section 30.07, effective Jan. 1, 2016), maintaining what has been in place: basically, openly carried handguns will not be allowed in Trader Joe’s stores in Texas.
We feel gun policy should be addressed by governmental and law enforcement agencies.
To be clear, we do not welcome weapons of any kind in our stores and never have. While there are laws in place allowing for openly carrying firearms, we would very much prefer that customers not bring guns into our stores.
We acknowledge and respect the rights of everyone involved in this important, often emotionally charged, debate. As we do with other important issues related to our business, we listen to our customers and Crew—and use the feedback we receive in our decision making.”
In other words, Everytown is lying.
— TheSandmanSlim (@TheSandmanSlim) February 19, 2016
That's not true. Stop lying. https://t.co/5ci6bi4xua
— Alex Varney (@TheAlexVarney) February 19, 2016
— Shari (@jdhlsc169) February 19, 2016
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— Ethan Hunter (@libstomper) February 19, 2016
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