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Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Launches Campaign Pressuring Staples To Ban Guns From Its Stores

   Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Launches Campaign Pressuring
                     Staples To Ban Guns From Its Stores

Grassroots Movement of Moms Tells Staples It's Time to Get Gun Sense

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 10, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
in Americaannounced today that it is launching a campaign to demand that
Staples ban guns from its stores nationwide. The company currently allows
individual stores to prohibit firearms at their discretion. But the company's
national policy is to follow state and local laws regarding concealed and open
carry.

Moms Demand Action is asking its members to demand that Staples change its
policy on firearms through letters moms can take to the manager of their local
Staples asking them to go gun-free; a petition that will be hand-delivered to
Staples headquarters; reaching out to Staples CEO Ron Sargent through letters,
emails and Tweets; writing letters to the editor of local papers to educate
moms in their communities about Staples' gun policy; and pressuring the
company through social media
(http://momsdemandaction.org/tell-staples-guns-crayons-dont-mix/).

"American moms rely on Staples for school and office supplies, and we expect
national and local management to create a safe shopping environment for our
families," said Jennifer Hoppe, Director of Programs for Moms Demand Action
for Gun Sense in America. "An accidental shooting in a Staples earlier this
year demonstrated just how dangerous the presence of guns can be. We are
calling on Staples to immediately enact a policy to ban guns from all of its
stores nationwide."

Laws related to open and concealed carry of firearms vary drastically from
state to state. In more than 30 states, a gun can be legally purchased and
carried openly with no training and no certification. It's also shockingly
easy to obtain a concealed carry license in many states. And due to loopholes
in federal laws, many purchase weapons without undergoing a background check.

"Until the laws change, businesses need to step up and show leadership to keep
the American public safer," said Hoppe. "We reached out to company executives
at Staples and have not heard back as of yet, however we remain confident that
they will ultimately do the right thing with regard to ensuring the safety of
their customers and employees – and take the safety of our children and
families as seriously as mothers do."

Staples stance on guns in its stores is at odds with its own corporate
policies. The company's corporate responsibility strategy, called "Staples
Soul," claims to recognize the connection between their success and their
ability to make a positive impact on "customers, associates and the planet."
Like any private business, Staples has the legal right to prohibit firearms in
its stores in the interest of its customers' safety, but has chosen not to do
so, despite the incidents that have taken place inside its stores due to
careless or dangerous handling of loaded weapons.

Just last month, Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, announced its stores and
adjacent outside seating areas are now gun-free. This announcement came after
Moms Demand Action implemented its grassroots campaign – Skip Starbucks
Saturday – which pressured Starbucks to eliminate guns from its stores
nationwide. Until then, Starbucks allowed patrons to bring loaded firearms
inside stores in states where concealed and open carry is permitted. According
to Starbucks' new policy, which is now in effect, "Everyone is welcome in our
stores, but weapons are not."

"Moms and women oversee nearly 80 percent of household spending, and Moms
Demand Action is going to make sure they spend those dollars at businesses and
institutions that respect and support the safety of our children and
families," said Hoppe.

The Staples campaign is part of Moms Demand Action's wider corporate
responsibility initiative.

The grassroots movement is urging American moms to support companies and
businesses that: Don't allow guns in their establishments, regardless of what
state laws permit; don't sell assault weapons; don't sponsor or partner with
gun lobby organizations; and don't support or fund legislative efforts to
loosen federal or state gun laws.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding
drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to
build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots
movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax
gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and
families. In just nine months, the organization has more than 100,000 members
with a chapter in every state in the country. For more information or to get
involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook
www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand.

SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Website: http://www.momsdemandaction.org
Contact: Taylor Maxwell, Berlin Rosen, Phone: 646-200-5330, E-mail:
Taylor.Maxwell@berlinrosen.com
 
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