WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Hours after Walmart asked shoppers on Tuesday to refrain from openly carrying firearms in its stores, Kroger requested the same of its customers.
- On Thursday, Walgreens announced it was also asking customers to do the same. Later Thursday, CVS and Wegmans issued similar statements.
- The requests came following recent mass shootings across the country and also due to some public pressure from groups advocating gun restrictions.
Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy chain with 9,560 stores, made an announcement on Thursday asking customers to “no longer openly carry firearms” in its stores. Those exempted from the request would be authorized law enforcement officials, according to the statement.
Later that day, CVS and Wegmans released similar statements.
“The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans,” the supermarket chain said in a statement. “For this reason, we prefer that customers not openly carry firearms into our stores.”
On Tuesday, Walmart asked its customers not to openly carry firearms in stores — even in states where it carrying firearms is permitted. The giant retailer also said that it would discontinue the sale of ammunition used in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons. Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO, said the retailer will stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 and 5.56 caliber, which can be used in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons.
Ohio-based supermarket chain Kroger, which has almost 2,800 stores across the U.S., also announced Tuesday it is requesting shoppers not to openly carry guns in any of its stores.
The retail chains’ measures follow recent mass shootings across the country and also due to some public pressure from groups advocating gun restrictions.
On Saturday, 36-year-old Seth Ator, opened fire after a routine traffic stop, fatally shooting seven people and injuring more than 20 others in the West Texas sister cities of Midland and Odessa. Ator was shot and killed by police outside a movie theater.
Last month, 22 people were killed by a shooter on Aug. 3 in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The following day, a gunman shot nine people to death in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio.
Source: NBC News