Kroger has joined Walmart in banning shoppers from openly carrying firearms in its stores in states where carrying a weapon in plain sight is legal. Both major retailers are supporting efforts to encourage lawmakers to enforce stronger background checks.
- The retailer said in a statement: “Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers. 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 of violence.”
- It comes after Walmart announced it would stop selling handguns, ammunition for the weapons and short-barrel rifles. The retailer, whose share in the ammunition market is expected to drop from 20% to 9%, made the announcement after shootings in its stores in Mississippi and Texas this year.
Crucial quote: “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's group vice president of corporate affairs, Jessica Adelman, said.
Key background: Kroger last year stopped selling assault firearms in its Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, Idaho and Washington, after initially increasing the minimum age for purchasing guns to 21, from 18. It came after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.