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Gun-control group targets Wake Forest Staples

A gun-control group that formed after the Sandy Hook mass school shootings in Connecticut plans to ask a national chain store in Wake Forest on Wednesday to prohibit customers from bringing guns inside.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will show up at the Staples store to make that request in person. It’s part of a national campaign to pressure the company to ban guns.

The North Carolina chapter chose that Staples because of a widely reported incident that happened there last year. A toddler reached in his mother’s purse, and discharged a handgun inside, sending a bullet through her hand.

The woman had a permit to carry a concealed handgun, and she was not charged with a crime.

“It is sheer luck that no one other than the gun owner was injured,” Sarah Sydney, a member of the group from Morrisville, said in a news release issued Tuesday. “What about next time? There’s an inherent and unnecessary risk in Staples’ current policy – it’s time for Staples to put the safety of its customers first and keep guns out of its stores.”

Moms Demand Action have claimed credit for Starbucks banning weapons, although the coffee house chain has not credited the group with that policy.