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Kroger asks customers to ‘respectfully’ stop carrying guns in its stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Kroger wants customers to leave their guns at home.

Following Walmart’s lead, the supermarket giant is requesting that its customers not openly carry firearms in its stores, even in states where “open carry” is allowed. Open carry laws vary state by state, with 31 states allowing people to openly carry handguns without any license or permit,

“Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers,” Jessica Adelman, group VP of corporate affairs, said in a statement.

The supermarket giant also called for legislation strengthening background checks and for keeping guns out of the hands of people deemed at risk of waging violence. Walmart made a similar appeal.

“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,” Kroger stated.

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