Levi Strauss takes a stand on gun control

Company leaders are voicing their opinion on U.S. gun policy as organizations nationwide speak out on political topics. Its stand is getting mixed reactions on social media.

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Levi Strauss is willing to upset some consumers to stand for its principles.

The company had already requested that gun owners leave their firearms at home when shopping at Levi’s stores; this came after a customer shot himself while trying on a pair of jeans in 2016.

CEO Chip Bergh wrote in a an open letter:

Providing a safe environment to work and shop is a top priority for us at Levi Strauss & Co. That imperative is quickly challenged, however, when a weapon is carried into one of our stores. Recently, we had an incident in one of our stores where a gun inadvertently went off, injuring the customer who was carrying it.

So, while we understand the heartfelt and strongly-held opinions on both sides of the gun debate, it is with the safety and security of our employees and customers in mind that we respectfully ask people not to bring firearms into our stores, offices or facilities, even in states where it’s permitted by law. Of course, authorized members of law enforcement are an exception.

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