More Retail Chains Ask Customers Not to Carry Guns Openly

More Retail Chains Ask Customers Not to Carry Guns Openly

Several more of the country’s most ubiquitous retail chains said this week that they will ask customers to refrain from openly carrying guns in their stores, marking a notable shift in the debate about the presence of guns in everyday life in the United States.

In a statement posted Thursday, CVS Health requested that customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into their stores. Walgreens did as well. Both chains noted that they were joining other retailers in the request. Wegmans, a regional supermarket chain with 99 stores based in Rochester, N.Y., noted its request on Twitter.

“The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans,” the tweet said.

The wave of announcements began on Tuesday, when Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, said it would stop selling ammunition that can be used in military-style rifles as well as all handgun ammunition, and it would discourage customers from openly carrying guns in states where it is legal to do so.

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