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The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that "the battle to prevent customers from being able to carry guns into Kroger stores is heating up again, thanks to another ad campaign from groups backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

"The groups – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – launched an online video ad campaign this week called Not Allowed."

The video criticizes Kroger for banning some things from stores - skateboards, water guns and pets - but still "allowing customers to carry guns out in the open in states that have open-carry gun laws ... The campaign heightens efforts the groups started last year to get Kroger to ban the open carry of guns in any of its stores. The groups have been successful with some other retailers. So far, Kroger is sticking with its policy to follow local and state laws in its 2,625 stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia."

Kroger tells the Courier that “Everytown for Gun Safety is a national political organization that is attempting to use retailers to further their agenda. Representatives of Kroger have met with Everytown, both with their organizers here in Cincinnati and through a serious phone conversation with the executive vice president of Everytown for Gun Safety. We listened and considered their point of view. We understand their objectives and we have explained our policy position.

“Kroger’s policy has been and continues to be to follow state and local laws and to ask customers to be respectful of others while shopping in our store. We believe the controversial gun issue is best resolved by lawmakers, not retailers.”
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