Three big retail companies have followed Walmart and Kroger’s lead towards asking customers to not carry their firearms inside the stores openly. Walgreens, CVS and Wegmans revealed the new decision in an announcement made on Thursday. The companies intend on circulating this new policy in their stores located in states where carrying firearms in the open is legal.
Big retail companies in the US are taking steps to ensure gun safety after a number of mass shooting incidents shook the nation. Walmart made the new announcement on Wednesday to ensure a number of gun safety measures, including ceasing the sales of certain ammunition and writing to the Congress. A statement made by Wegmans on Twitter said, “The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans. For this reason, we prefer customers not openly carry firearms in our stores.”
The companies will continue to let law enforcers carry their guns in the open in the stores. The big retail companies, who have thousands of stores in the country, have cleared their stance on gun reforms with the new announcements. Shannon Watts, the founder of an advocacy group called Moms Demand Action, ina n interview to Honest Newsly said, “They know their customers are with them on this … they want to be on the right side of history but they also know that these actions are good for business.” Watts’ group has continued to put the effort in the past to curb companies from letting customers carry guns openly.
To enforce a policy like this in some states where open carry is allowed, like Texas, private companies need to make it clear to the customers by displaying big signs at the front of the retail locations. Andrew Karwoski, deputy director of state policy for advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, said that the companies need to display the new policy regarding the prohibition of open carry in their stores in English and Spanish. However, in some other states, a prohibitory sign will also suffice, added Karwoski.
Taylor is the senior news reporter at Honest Newsly. Formerly, he worked with Western Mass News and Meredith COrporation as the senior news reporter.