First it was Walmart – now it’s Kroger.

Just hours after Walmart made its move on Tuesday, Ohio-based supermarket giant Kroger also asked customers to stop openly carrying firearms in its stores.

“Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers,” Jessica Adelman said.

She’s group vice president of corporate affairs and put out the statement.

“We are also joining those encouraging our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence.”

Kroger stopped selling guns last year.

Walmart also announced on Tuesday that they will stop selling handguns in Alaska stores and are making major cuts to their nationwide ammunition sales, according to a report from Fox News.

As part of the changes, Walmart stores across the county will no longer carry ammunition for handguns or short-barrel rifles and handguns will not be sold at all in Alaska.

Instead, the company has said that they will focus on providing gear for long barrel deer rifles and shotguns. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo on Tuesday that their stores will supply much of the ammunition required for hunting and will continue to provide hunting and sporting accessories and apparel.

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With the new changes, ammunition in .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber will no longer be available for purchase after the stores run out of their current inventory.

McMillon said the company has a long history with the hunting community and wanted to be sure that the company still supported hunting and sporting enthusiasts.

“We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we’re going to continue doing so,” McMillon said.

With the recent string of cases involving shootings and armed gunman inside Walmart stores across the county, the company’s CEO is also asking that people no longer openly bring their weapons into Walmart or Sam’s Club stores – even if they’re licensed to carry and the state allows legal open carrying.

The company tweeted about their new policy on Tuesday.

 

McMillon also seemed to support the new legislation surrounding red flag laws, which allows a court official to order the removal of a citizen’s weapons if it is believed that they may pose a threat to themselves or others.

“We encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger,” the statement said.

So is making Walmart the next ‘Gun-Free Zone’ going to stop people from committing these horrific attacks? Won’t potential gunmen now know that people won’t be carrying inside of the store, making it a soft-target?

Social media exploded on Tuesday with critics of Walmart’s new gun policy.

 

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The major announcement comes just after a mass shooting in Texas claimed the lives of seven victims and wounded more than 30 more. Additionally, a Texas Walmart was the location of a deadly attack in August, when an armed gunman walked into a store and opened fire, killing 22 people.

21-year-old Patrick Crusius opened fire on a Texas Walmart on Saturday. (El Paso Authorities)

 

 

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