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CVS, Walgreens join list of retailers asking customers not to openly carry guns in stores

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NEW YORK — Walgreens and CVS have joined a growing list of retailers requesting customers not to bring guns into their stores.

Both companies, as well as Wegmans Food Markets, announced that they were changing their policies on Thursday — two days after Walmart and Kroger joined the national gun debate by asking shoppers not to openly carry firearms into stores in states where open carry is legal.

“We support the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence, and continually review our policies and procedures to ensure our stores remain a safe environment,” CVS said in a statement. “We join a growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores.”

“We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials,” added Walgreens in a statement as well.

Earlier this week, Walmart and Kroger both said they will no longer welcome customers openly carrying in their stores nationwide.

Walmart also announced that it will end the sale of ammunition for handguns and some type of rifles. chief executive officer Doug McMillion said the decision was made following two recent shootings in Walmart stores.

“We believe the opportunity for someone to misinterpret a situation, even in open carry states, could lead to tragic results,” he said, adding he is a gun owner himself.

Customers with a concealed carry permit are still welcome, McMillion added.


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