Group protests Target's no-guns policy


SAN ANTONIO – Protesters turned out Sunday at a San Antonio Target in an effort to bring awareness to the company's national policy regarding the allowance of armed weapons into their stores.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense said they were asked to leave the premises of the Target at Loop 410 and Blanco Road after being told Target provides a distraction-free shopping experience.

The protest comes after images of people carrying exposed, loaded weapons around Target stores have circulated nationally.

Sandy Phillips lost her daughter Jessica Gawhi in the Colorado theater shooting and was surprised the group was turned away.

"It's odd to me that as a mother, I'm not allowed to protest at a Target, but I'm allowed to carry a loaded weapon into Target. That doesn't make sense to me," said Phillips.

While nationally Target allows guns in their stores, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission laws prohibit retailers in Texas that sell alcohol to allow armed weapons into their stores.