Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Wegmans Follow Walmart’s Lead, Ban Open Carry

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Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Wegmans decided to follow Walmart’s lead and limit Second Amendment rights by banning open carry in their stores. This follows the Odessa shooting in which a man probably obtained his rifle on the black market illegally. It has nothing to do with open carry, but the CEOs likely feel this will make customers feel safer, but it’s also political.

The problem here is the stores are moving towards politicizing the Constitution, lobbying for universal background checks. Walmart has gone much further. Walmart will end sales of handguns in Alaska and will discontinue the sale of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammo in stores nationwide in addition to banning open carry.

Kroger made its announcement within hours of Walmart asking its customers not to open carry in its stores, according to WILX.

Kroger and Walmart are the country’s two largest grocery chains and both are asking for tougher background checks to buy guns, according to the Washington Post.

That’s very political. If it is true the Odessa killer bought his gun on the black market, tougher background checks would not have done a thing to stop the carnage.

“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, told CNBC. “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.”

This takes them into the lobbying category.

There is no evidence that open carry has a blessed thing to do with universal background checks or mass shootings. In fact, it’s highly unlikely anyone will attack someone wearing a gun.

Most mass shootings take place in gun-free zones.

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  • I would carry one in and sue their pants off for denying me my right to carry (assuming I had that right). I don’t trust their store security to protect me; I can protect myself.

    • “Store security”? Now that’s funny… never seen a store security i’d trust my family’s life with in any store, so much less for Walmart. As far as Kroger stores, there are no store security folks what so ever, unless you count the cart guy who are usually older than dirt and just two steps from the grave… my disgust is palpable.

    • Just FYI, a private business has a right to be as idiotic as they want. They can ban anything in their stores. Your right to carry only applies to the public square.

  • Walmart’s open letter the other day failed to mention one important point; the shooting that took place in the Walmart was in a ‘gun free’ shopping plaza. The shooter picked his sitting ducks.

    I will not be a victim. When I die, it won’t be begging some psychotic to spare me.

      • Not good advice to conceal a gun unless one has a concealed gun carry permit. Open carry is different from concealed carry. Check your own localities laws. The moment one goes from openly displaying a gun under open carry laws to concealing it can be the moment one breaks the law. If they ask you to conceal your gun they are asking you to break the law, unless you have also a concealed carry permit. Unless a store manager tells you directly by verbal or written notice before a witness,that you are banned from entering you are not legally banned from entering the property with your open carried gun. States have different laws. Federally protected classes such as the disabled must not be discriminated based on Race,gender, handicap. Stores have public restrooms also. There is a fine line between what is public property and what is property, although owned privately,which has granted legal access to it in order for the public to conduct business.

  • Well, I guess I will now do all my shopping at Winco… won’t miss all the “rearranging” of items in Kroger’s on a regular basis so I have to truck all over the place literally trying to find items that used to make my shopping trip fast and easy… they say (each time they do this) it’s to make shopping easier but the reality is they throw stuff all over the place to make the customers search row after row in the hopes they will buy something else… tired of the ploy… Hello Winco..

  • A Ban means Nothing…..Shopper’s will continue to Conceal weapons . the only preventative measure is “Metal Detectors” at every entrance which requires Security Guards…..TOO Expensive !!!!!

  • This is a bullshit story. As a permitted concealed carry person it makes me uncomfortable to see a macho-strutting dude sporting the biggest gun possible on his hip. No need to show off your big gun to distract from your small mind and penis.

  • Besides taking away their
    shoppers’ rights to self-defense, Kroger is about to “lay an egg” to reduce their environmental footprint (amount of harmful cow fart gas that will destroy the planet Earth): Kroger grocery stores will sell meatless burger patties (yuck!) and other plant-based foods, such as eggs that are made with ‘gas producing’ mung beans.

  • In States with open carry laws, a person who legally owns a gun can open carry it in public places. Does a store that caters to the public and opens it’s doors to the public have the right to violate a person’s rights? The ENTIRE USA is covered by the Bill of Rights and Constitution as a whole. The right to bear arms is a nationwide right. A right guaranteed by the constitution cannot be abrogated by any law rule or regulation- Miranda v Arizona, USSCt. (1962).

  • In States with open carry laws, a person who legally owns a gun can open carry it in public places. Does a store that caters to the public and opens it’s doors to the public have the right to violate a person’s rights? The ENTIRE USA is covered by the Bill of Rights and Constitution as a whole. The right to bear arms is a nationwide right. A right guaranteed by the constitution cannot be abrogated by any law rule or regulation- Miranda v Arizona, USSCt. (1962).

  • This Libtard Idiots have it backwards. Well, no, not really. They are slyly furthering the agenda of stigmatizing everything American, most of all the 2nd. Amendment.
    Given that it is a FELONY for a felon to have a firearm of any kind, those most likely to use the gun will NEVER open carry it.

    So why ban something that only law abiding citizens can do.

    Simple. The more people open carry the more crybaby Libards (actually NO, they are beyond reason and learning) – make that the undecided will be accustomed to seeing them and after seeing a few hundred they might even come to realize the gun is not going to jump out of it’s holster and shoot everyone in sight.
    THAT will work against the SOROS, Globilast Libturds in using a one in 100,000,000 chance of getting shot to eliminate any chance of resistance to the – and the Science Fiction Fans will get this – BORG.