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North Carolina moms ask Staples to ban guns from stores

Group wants major retailers to have rules blocking customers from coming in with weapons.
February 26, 2014 3:19:29 PM PST
A group of Triangle moms took a stand Wednesday against businesses where they shop that allow handguns.

They took aim at a Staple store in Wake Forest were a woman's gun accidentally went off in her purse last year. In August, 29-year-old Danielle Hayes was shopping with her 2-year-old son when he reached into her purse. When she went to get his hand out of her purse, the gun went off. The bullet hit Hayes in the hand. The child wasn't harmed.

Wednesday, the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America told ABC11 they wanted to be clear. It wasn't a protest. It wasn't a boycott. It was simply a chance for them to deliver a message to the retailer asking Staples to prohibit firearms from inside their stores.

"As moms, we believe retailers have the responsibility to put customer safety first," offered Sarah Sydney with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Sydney presented the Wake Forest Staples manager with a petition that's gone national and has more than 11,000 signatures.

We reached out to Staples to see if they would consider banning handguns from inside their stores. They would only say that the chain currently follows all state, federal, and local laws when it comes to firearms.

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