Schnucks asks customers to not openly carry firearms in stores

Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Kroger are among other U.S. retailers with similar requests of their customers. 

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September 06, 2019 - 8:32 am
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK/AP) - After a series of mass shootings in other parts of the country, St. Louis-based Schnucks Markets is asking customers to refrain from openly carrying guns inside its grocery stores. 

Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Kroger are among other U.S. retailers with similar requests of their customers. 

Related: CVS, Walgreens urge against openly carrying guns in stores

Schnucks says authorized law enforcement can still open-carry, and customers can have concealed weapons as allowed by state law. 

In a statement, a Schnucks spokeswoman says they made the decision for customers "who expect a family-friendly environment when shopping for their household needs."

Starbucks, Wendy's and Target have already asked customers not to openly carry guns in stores unless they're law enforcement officers. But the retailers have stopped short of introducing an outright ban because they say they don't want to put employees in confrontational situations. Ken Perkins, president of research firm RetailMetrics, says retailers can't have their workers, who get paid $15 an hour, trying to pry a gun away from an armed shopper.

Retailers are increasingly feeling the need to protect their workers while also keeping customers safe. At the same time, Perkins believes that any restrictions, including on open carry policies, may discourage gun enthusiasts from patronizing their stores.

Still, it's a risk some retailers are willing to take.

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