Target made it clear guns are no longer welcome in its stores, and doesn't plan to put any signs up warning customers, but according to Texas law those signs are required.
Texas law states businesses have to post a "Penal Code 30.06" making it clear if guns are not welcomed. Target's Interim CEO said in a statement, "This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odd with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create."
Texas is a concealed-carry state, allowing Concealed Handgun License (CHL) carriers to take their handguns onto private or public property. But local law enforcement said it only takes one person on that property to ask a firearm carrier to leave, with or without a sign.
"If I want a policy of no gun and if someone walks in (with one), if you're representing me, you can ask anyone to leave and you don't have to have reason," CHL Instructor Richard Weathers said.
According to Weathers many businesses have different forms of a sign warning people, "there are no guns allowed on the property," but he said only one is in accordance with state law.
"It has to be contrasting colors, like black and white, 1-inch letters and in English and Spanish," Weathers said. "It also has to be where people will see it when they first enter the building."
Weathers said he still teaches his students that if a business has any sign up at all, whether in accordance with state law or not, CHL carriers should honor it.
"Why lose your license for something so easy, just leave your gun at home," Weathers said. " Because if you come in here all I have to say is 'leave,' and if you don't you're arrested for criminal trespassing. Which will be accompanied with a class a violation, meaning police will take your CHL away.