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Walgreens joins Walmart and Kroger in asking customers to no longer openly carry guns

The retail chain's new measures on open-carry come after dozens of people have been killed in mass shootings in recent weeks.
A Walgreens store in Boston.Steven Senne / AP file

Walgreens announced Thursday it was asking customers to "no longer openly carry firearms" in its stores. Authorized law enforcement officials would be exempt from the request, the second-largest pharmacy chain, with 9,560 stores, said in a statement.

CVS and Wegmans released similar statements later Thursday.

"The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans," the supermarket chain said in a statement. "For this reason, we prefer that customers not openly carry firearms into our stores."

The announcements come two days after Walmart asked its customers not to openly carry firearms in stores — even in states where it is permitted. Walmart also said that it would discontinue the sale of ammunition used in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the retailer will stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 and 5.56 caliber, which can be used in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons.

Ohio-based supermarket chain Kroger, which has nearly 2,800 stores nationwide, also said this week it is asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in any of its stores.

The retail chains' measures follow mass shootings around the country in the past two months that have claimed dozens of lives.

On Saturday, in the West Texas sister cities of Midland and Odessa, Seth Ator, 36, opened fire after a routine traffic stop, killing seven people and injuring more than 20 others. He was killed by police outside a movie theater.

Last month, on Aug. 3, 22 people were killed by a shooter in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The next day, on Aug. 4, a gunman in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, shot nine people to death.