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More retailers ask customers to not openly carry guns into stores


News Staff - September 6, 2019

DEERFIELD, IL - Drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS Health on Thursday joined Walmart and Kroger in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in their stores, even in states where “open carry” is allowed, unless they are authorized law enforcement officers.

“We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials,” Walgreens said in an emailed statement.  CVS posted a similar message to its corporate Twitter account.

Kroger on Tuesday evening said that it would begin asking customers not to openly carry guns in stores, and that it recognized “the growing chorus of Americans who are no longer comfortable with the status quo and who are advocating for concrete and common sense gun reforms.”

Target back in 2014 started asking customers not to bring firearms into stores. Starbucks asked visitors the same in September 2013, only a few days after a mass shooting left more than a dozen dead at Washington Navy Yard.

Walmart, the world's biggest retailer by revenue, has been under intense pressure after separate shootings that recently killed 24 people in two of its stores within a week. In announcing the shift, company CEO Doug McMillon described multiple incidents of people "attempting to make a statement" by entering a Walmart wielding firearms, scaring workers and customers. He encouraged other retailers to act “to make the overall industry safer.”



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