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CVS, Walgreens urge against openly carrying guns in stores

CVS, Walgreens urge against openly carrying guns in stores Photo: MGN

Updated: September 05, 2019 04:13 PM

CVS Health and Walgreens are asking their customers to not bring guns into their stores, unless they are authorized law enforcement members.

Their announcements Thursday come after other retailers, including Walmart, have recently asked their customers the same thing, with Walmart also announcing it'll stop selling handgun ammunition.

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"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 safe environment. We join a growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores," CVS Health said in a statement.

Walgreens stated, "We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials."

Starbucks and Target have already asked customers not to openly carry guns unless they're law enforcement officers. The retailers stopped short of introducing an outright ban because they say they don't want to put their employees in confrontational situations.

The moves come after a string of mass shootings, including one last month inside a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, which killed 22 customers, the deadliest in the company's history.

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