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Kroger, the United States’ largest supermarket chain, announced a corporate decision Tuesday about customers who choose to open carry in their stores – don’t do it unless you are a law enforcement officer. This announcement follows on the heels of Walmart’s decision to ask the same of its customers where the law allows guns to be openly carried.
The decision of the second-largest general retailer (behind Walmart) is significant because it indicates a pattern growing of corporate activism not friendly to gun-owners in response to recent mass shootings. Walmart and Kroger set the tone for smaller retailers.
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Kroger’s corporate headquarters sent out an email statement on its new policy. You may remember that after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, Kroger-owned Fred Meyer stores stopped selling firearms to buyers under the age of 21.
“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. “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.”
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“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,” she also said. “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.”
Walmart says the status quo is “unacceptable” and Kroger is joining in with Walmart in a call for more legislation. I guess this means the status quo of a good guy with a gun in a store to help protect...
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