Woman campaigns against Nebraska Furniture Mart gun policy

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman has launched an email campaign against Nebraska Furniture Mart, hoping to convince the retail giant to reconsider it's stance on conceal carry.

Just a month ago, the store announced it would allow those who have a conceal carry permit, to brings guns into the store. In the month since Nebraska Furniture Mart announced it's new policy, the company says it has received lots of emails and calls both for and against the policy. A spokesman says the company stands by it's policy.

But one woman still hopes to change minds. Myra Christopher is well known in the community, a leader at a non-profit.

SEE ALSO: Nebraska Furniture Mart to allow employees, customers to carry guns

"It is just so far beyond my imagination that when people go to a store to shop for their home and it's filled with children that it makes sense to have guns," Christopher said.

For the record, she says her husband is a hunter and they own guns. But the Sandy Hook shooting rattled her. She thinks about the families who lost children, teachers who died trying to save them.

"I don't think I can fix this whole problem but I hope that I can do one thing and make someone safer," she said.

As a concerned citizen, Christopher started an email campaign to try and convince Nebraska Furniture Mart to re-think its policy. She says hundreds of people have called and emailed so far.

Nebraska Furniture Mart spokesperson Bob Batt was resolute when asked about the policy Monday, saying "we made the right decision." He says this is all about customer safety, that safety means more than business, and he wants customers to feel safe when shopping at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

"If more guns led to us being safer we would be the safest country in the world and we're not," said Christopher.

Christopher says she's frustrated that her email campaign has apparently fallen on deaf ears. She says when she called customer service, the woman she talked made it clear that Nebraska Furniture Mart would not respond to these complaints.

"I think people should not go in their store unless this is changed," Christopher said, "I'm encouraging people to do that."

Nebraska Furniture Mart's spokesman told me it can't change policies just because someone complains. He said this decision is what's best for customers and staff safety.

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