Kroger is following Walmart’s lead.
The Ohio-based supermarket giant on Tuesday asked customers to stop openly carrying firearms in its stores, just hours after Walmart made a similar request.
“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 a 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.”
In its statement, Walmart requested that its customers not openly carry firearms.
In an open letter from CEO Doug McMillon to employees, the chain also said it would stop selling some types of ammunition.
The change came in the wake of several mass shootings — including one last month at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left 22 people dead.
Kroger stopped selling guns last year.
Author: Tamar Lapin