Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Wegmans Follow Walmart's Lead, Ban Open Carry

The Kroger grocery chain has asked its customers to not open carry guns in its stores even if the state allows it

Lansing, MI – The Kroger grocery chain is asking customers no longer openly carry guns in its stores even if the states allow it, the company announced Tuesday.

The announcement was followed up by similar announcements from Walgreens, Wegmans, and CVS.

Kroger made its announcement within hours after Walmart asked its customers not to open carry in its stores, according to WILX.

Kroger and Walmart are the country’s two largest grocery chains and both are asking for tougher background checks to buy guns, according to the Washington Post.

“Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers,” Jessica Adelman, group vice president of corporate affairs, told CNBC. “We are also joining those encouraging our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence.”

“A year ago, Kroger made the conscious decision to completely exit the firearm and ammunition business when we stopped selling them in our Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest,” Adelman told CNBC. “Kroger has demonstrated with our actions that we recognize 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.”

Kroger has about 2,800 stores in 35 states and has annual sales of $121.1 billion, according to its website.

The Washington Post reported that California, Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. “generally bar people” from open carrying guns in public. The rest of the states do allow some form of open carrying, the Washington Post reported.

The standards for what licenses and the type of guns allowed to be carried openly in public can vary state to state, according to the Washington Post.

None of the companies made mention of prohibiting concealed carry, but it remains to be seen of the companies will have signs prohibiting firearms.

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RamblinRose
RamblinRose

These companies are asking people to not OPEN carry. I can see their point. They are not saying you can't conceal carry in their stores.

C2WAZNP
C2WAZNP

Exactly what I was thinking

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I would never open carry, but I don’t understand the correlation that these companies think open carry has to do with violence.

RPG156
RPG156

Because mass shootings only happen in gun free zones.... Liberal logic is making it worse, not better...

bryantrent
bryantrent

i agree

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

just tuck it under your shirt.

Judgesson
Judgesson

Keep your weapon in your pocket with extra ammo. Don’t worry about concealed carry, all they can do if you’re legal is ask you politely to leave.
These “Gun Free Zones” only create soft targets. Something I’m not about to do to my family! We won’t do down without a fight!

Too Old To Fight, To Crippled To Run, Beware of the Senior Citizen Who Was A Veteran Or LEO!

We are trained to eliminate the threat!!! Then worry with “Store Policy”!

EileenWright
EileenWright

Open carry is more about making a political statement than it is about the ability to defend yourself and your family. When you open carry, you make yourself a target for anyone who opposes your right to carry. Unless you have eyes in the back of your head, you are vulnerable to someone sneaking up behind you, bashing your skull, and taking your weapon. Stupid.

Coptician
Coptician

The reason open carry is so frowned upon is the mindless hysteria surrounding guns generally. If guns were seen for what they are instead of as a mind altering implement of evil, seeing one on someone's hip wouldn't cause so much grief. Open carry allows one to more comfortably carry a reasonably sized, more easily deployed weapon as opposed to the ridiculously small hand held pipe bombs we're now expected to fish out of our waistband when needed. And open carry, coupled with a level two or three retention holster is at least as secure as the open top kydex digging into my spare tire.

Question: Is anyone aware of a shooting, justified or not, where a person legally open carrying was involved? And if not, why not? Could it be that the sight of that weapon actually IS a deterrent to violence?

All that said, I'll continue to carry my less than optimal handgun, concealed as if I'm trying to hide a bad case of eczema, in clothes that don't really fit like I want them to, in order to be socially acceptable. But in my opinion, if we all were mature adults about it, I'd be able to open carry more comfortably without freaking people out, or being considered a vigilante.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

That's fine! I'll take my business elsewhere.

DC-TX
DC-TX

I have no problem with these stores banning open carry. I have been to MANY stores that don't allow open carry. As long as it is not a stepping stone to banning concealed carry.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

comments about whether open carry is a good idea or not aside, I have a question: Private businesses are able to restrict firearms on their property, so what's the big deal? They aren't violating any laws, but they are trying to minimize the potential for mass hysteria and panic when some person sees a gun and freaks

Personally, unless I was in uniform, I wouldn't want anyone to know I had a firearm with me, and if I'm carrying concealed, you shouldn't know that I have a weapon on me unless I need to draw it. But that's just my opinion.

61mouse
61mouse

Why would you want people knowing your carrying .??

Anomie88
Anomie88

I guess I won't be going to those stores with my concealed weapon's permit and my nice, hard-earned and taxed money.

Spindrift321
Spindrift321

Libtardation

007karley
007karley

I think there's a correlation between 'open carry' and 'not necessarily being aware of your surroundings'.....

fishing
fishing

Don't care what they want. We have a right to carry and we are licensed by our state....

Wish505
Wish505

Anyone who would desire to open carry when not in uniform is asking to be a target. Conceal carry and no one will see it if you carry correctly. Then the bad guys can be surprised.

NAC
NAC

Funny! There is a law suit against Walmart for not protecting there customers from El Paso!

Walmart could say that a person has the right under Texas law to carry open to defend themselves!

Now they ask you not to open carry! I see this as a law suit against Walmart going through more if another shooting happens! Don't allow people to protect themselves and fail to provide adequate security so people can feel safe!

This goes for any company that bans open carry! Kind of like schools who don't allow CCW or open carry! The government they work for should be sued!