Following Walmart’s lead Kroger ‘respectfully’ asks customers not to open carry firearms in stores

Published 9:36 am Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Kroger, one of the nation’s largest grocers, said Tuesday it wants its customers to not openly carry firearms inside its stores.

The policy decision comes on the heels of a similar request by rival Walmart.

“Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers,” a company spokesman said in a written release.

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Further, Kroger said it planned to ask lawmakers to reform gun laws to help “strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence.”

Kroger’s website lists that the company operates 31 food stores and 2 convenience stores in Mississippi and employs nearly 4,800 people.

The moves by companies to change their policies comes in the wake of a string of shootings across the company. Walmarts were scenes of two shootings, including a domestic, work-related shooting at the Southaven, Mississippi, location in July.

Days later, a gunman went on a shooting spree at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing dozens.

As the country remains on heightened alert, police often are being called to cases in which a person appears to be open-carrying a firearm. Sometimes these are simply law-abiding citizens, other times the persons have mental issues, such the case of a man detained outside a Petal, Mississippi, Walmart last month.