Walmart and Kroger stores publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores, even where state law allows it. An exception would be for law enforcement officers.
Walmart also says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition.
Kroger Co. says asking customers to stop open carrying firearms in stores is a change in its policy.
A company spokeswoman tells Reuters the company had followed local and state laws on the matter.
“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, said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “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.”
The announcements from Kroger and Walmart come just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.
Walmart, which made its announcement first, also said Tuesday it will stop selling short-barrel and handgun ammunition after it runs out of its current inventory. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from handguns and allowing it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only.
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