These stores, restaurants are asking customers not to openly carry guns

These stores, restaurants are asking customers not to openly carry guns

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Skip to main content The Meijer store located at 1301 8 mile in Detroit, east of Woodward. Picture taken June 28, 2014. (Photo: Mary Schroeder/Detroit Free Press) Shoppers may want to think twice about bringing their guns with them on a trip to the store. Due to the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso and Odessa Texas, grocery chains Meijer and Aldi are the latest in a growing list of businesses that are no longer allowing customers to openly carry guns in their establishments. The two companies made the announcement Monday on Twitter. Meijer said in a statement that the safety of its customers and staff is its "top priority." "We’ve made this decision because open carry can create an environment that makes our customers and team members feel unsafe." Aldi tweeted a similar statement, asking customers not to bring firearms in its stores, with the exception of authorized law enforcement. Meijer operates more than 245 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky, while Aldi has more than 1,900 stores in 36 states. Here is a list of other retailers with locations in Michigan that are prohibiting the use of open carry in its stores: CVS: The drugstore chain released a statement Sept. 5 requesting customers other than law enforcement personnel not to bring in firearms. "We support the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence, and continually review our policies and procedures to ensure our stores remain a […]

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