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The Dayton Daily News reports that Meijer and Aldi have joined the list of retailers that are asking their customers not to carry open firearms in their stores regardless of local laws and regulations.

The move follows similar statements from companies that include Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Walgreen, CVS, and Wegmans, all of which came in the wake of political pressure formed in the wake of mass shootings, committed by a man described as a white nationalist and domestic terrorist, in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that resulted in 22 people being killed and 25 being injured.

There also have been other gun-related incidents at Walmart, as well as in other public places, that seem to have drawn greater attention to the gun issue. At the same time, Walmart is being sued by the family of one of the El Paso victims, meaning that these retailers are thinking about exposure to potential litigation in addition to the safety of their shoppers.
KC's View:
This continues to be a somewhat controversial position, with some arguing that a ban on open carry is not the same thing as a ban on all weapons, and can create a target-rich environment for a terrorist. I would agree that it is not a perfect position, but rather represents initial steps by these retailers to draw a line somewhere; I won’t be surprised if down the line retailers start drawing a thicker line that will ban all weapons from their stores.

It’ll probably take more mass shootings to make this happen.