Four big U.S. retailers — Walmart, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens — recently asked civilian customers to not open carry firearms in their stores.
While the issue is particularly profound at Walmart after shootings at its stores in Southaven, Mississippi and El Paso, Texas on July 30 and August 3, neither the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer nor the others are acting alone now.
The following are some of the other stores and restaurants that have imposed similar policies:
Starbucks: The Seattle-based coffee hotspot told customers to leave their guns at home.
Chili’s: The Texas-based restaurant known for its baby back ribs asked customers not to openly carry firearms because it “creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many liquor laws.”
Sonic: The Oklahoma-based drive-in chain asked customers not to bring firearms into its patio or dine-in areas.
Panera Bread: Shortly after Sonic’s and Chili’s decisions, Missouri-based Panera Bread also asked customers not to carry guns inside “to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates.”
Costco: Washington-based Costco says it’s unnecessary for shoppers to carry guns in its stores. “For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace,” its website says.
Giant Food: Maryland-based Giant grocery spokesman Christopher Brand said the chain “respectfully requests that customers not bring firearms in our stores even if permitted by applicable state and local laws.”