Cincinnati, Ohio — On Tuesday, Sept 3rd, Walmart announced major changes to their policies on guns.
Their policy change quickly became the gun news story of the day.
While everybody was buzzing about Walmart, Ohio-based Kroger made a similar move.
Late on Tuesday, Kroger emailed a press release stating that they are customers to stop open carrying in their stores.
The email came from a Jessica Adelman, group vice president of corporate affairs.
Adelman elaborated Kroger’s thoughts on their own policy change, as well as what they want lawmakers to do in response to recent shootings:
“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.”
Her statement continued:
“Kroger has demonstrated with our actions that we recognize the growing chorus of Americans who are no longer comfortable with the status quo and who are advocating for concrete and common sense gun reforms.”
The grocery chain had stopped selling guns to anyone under 21 after the shooting in Parkland in 2018.
They also stopped selling guns and ammunition in their stores in the Pacific Northwest last year.
The Pacific Northwest was the last regional holdout in their portfolio.
- Kroger doesn’t want customers to open carry in their stores where it is otherwise legally allowed.
- They don’t sell guns or ammunition in their Fred Meyer stores any longer.
- The chain wants our elected legislators to pass tougher background checks and Red Flag gun confiscation laws.
So if you’re a criminal, Kroger just announced that they want you to feel safe and un-threatened when considering their store for possible criminal activity.
If you’re not a criminal, Kroger just did absolutely nothing to make you safer.
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