Walgreens asks shoppers to not openly carry firearms, joins Kroger and Walmart

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Thursday it would stop shoppers from carrying firearms in its Walgreen stores, joining Walmart Inc and ...

REUTERS: Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Thursday it would start asking customers to not carry firearms in its stores, joining Walmart Inc and Kroger Co , in a change of gun policy following several deadly mass shootings in the United States.

The three retailers are among a growing number of U.S. companies, such as Delta Air Lines and Bank of America , that are responding to calls for action to help curtail the rash of gun violence that has plagued the nation, risking backlash from powerful gun owners' groups as politicians consider options.

"We hope Senate leaders are watching this sea change," Watts said."We'll take this momentum to Washington when Congress is back from recess on Monday."The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill intended to close loopholes around background checks for gun purchases and other measures in February, but it has not been taken up by the Republican-led Senate.

 

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