Target asks customers to leave firearms at home

A photo from Myrtle Beach police of the gun that was left in the toy aisle of a Target.

Target is asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.

In a statement on the retailer's corporate blog, interim CEO John Mulligan said that Target wants a "safe and inviting" atmosphere for its shoppers and employees.

"Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create," he said.

Target Corp. made the announcement after questions arose in recent weeks about its policy on the "open carry" of firearms in its stores.

On May 30, a man left a gun in the toy aisle of a Myrtle Beach Target.

According to a police report from the incident, a loss prevention officer was watching the store surveillance cameras and noticed someone acting suspicious in the toy aisle.

When the officer went to the toy aisle to investigate further, he found what he thought was a toy gun in plain view in a toy box on the shelf. He soon realized it was a real gun, loaded with live ammunition, and called police.

Myrtle Beach police are still looking for a man named David Dennis, wanted for Unlawfully Carrying of a Handgun, in reference to this incident.

Contact Myrtle Beach Police Department if you have any information about Dennis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.