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National campaign seeks to ban guns in stores

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

What would you do if you walked into a grocery store and saw a person with an assault rifle strapped to their chest?

A national campaign is bringing into question whether businesses in open carry states should allow guns into their stores.

More and more, national chains are banning guns from their stores even if the person is legally carrying.

Many 'open carry' advocates claim they're just asserting their second amendment rights, but now an advocacy group with a strong presence in Michigan is pushing back.

An organization called 'Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America' is speaking out against open carry and what they consider the dangers of it.

Kristen Moore, a Michigan representative of the company says the main concern is that there is no proof those who openly carry have any formal training, unlike those who carry a concealed weapon.

The organization has collected more than 150-thousand signatures in order to persuade companies to prohibit open carry inside its stores.

Moore says it's too difficult to know who is the good guy with the gun and who is the bad guy.

The organization is putting pressure on many businesses like Target and experts believe it may work, considering that nearly 80-percent of its customers are the same demographic behind this movement to stop open carry.

On a related note, open carry advocates around the country are posting videos on YouTube showing them heavily armed, walking into restaurants and documenting whether or not they are welcomed.  

Many companies like Chipotle, Meijer, Target and Starbucks have been inadvertently pulled into debate after they were targeted by the open carry activists.

After originally allowing open carry inside its locations, Starbucks and Chipolte have changed their stance.
 
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