After Walmart and Kroger earlier this week urged customers not to openly carry firearms in their stores, drug store giants Walgreens and CVS, along with the Wegmans Food Markets announced Thursday that they were partaking in making the same request, advancing a movement among major stores regarding gun violence.
“We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials,” Walgreens stated.
“We join a growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores,” CVS added.
“The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans,” the food store said in a statement, saying they ‘prefer that customers not openly carry firearms.’
The announcements come two days after Walmart urged its customers not to openly carry firearms in stores — even in states where it is authorized. Walmart also said that it would discontinue the sale of ammunition used in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon stated the retailer will stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 and 5.56 caliber, which can be utilized in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons.
Ohio-based supermarket chain Kroger, which has nearly 2,800 stores nationwide, also announced this week it is asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in any of its stores.