Levi’s CEO: Please don’t bring guns into our stores

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SAN FRAN­CISCO | The CEO of Levi’s is ask­ing cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees not to bring guns into its stores, of­fices or fa­cil­i­ties, even in states where it’s le­gal.

Levi Strauss & Co. Pres­i­dent and CEO Chip Bergh wrote Wed­nes­day in an open let­ter posted on LinkedIn that a cus­tomer was in­jured in a Levi’s store re­cently af­ter the cus­tomer’s own gun in­ad­ver­tently went off.

Mr. Bergh said the pres­ence of firearms in stores cre­ates an “un­set­tling en­vi­ron­ment” for many of its em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers.

He said the San Fran­cisco-based com­pany isn’t banning guns, just re­quest­ing peo­ple not bring them into its places of busi­ness.

Mr. Bergh wrote that “try­ing to en­force a ban could po­ten­tially un­der­mine the pur­pose of the ban it­self: safety.”

He said the com­pany hopes “re­spon­si­ble gun own­ers will re­spect our po­si­tion.”

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