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- CVS is banning its shoppers from openly carrying firearms in its stores.
- On Twitter, the company said it supported “the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence.”
- CVS follows Walgreens, Kroger, and Walmart in changing its open carry policy.
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CVS will ban customers from openly carrying firearms in its stores, the pharmacy chain announced in a statement Thursday. The drug store chain’s announcement comes on the heels of that of its rival, Walgreens. And both decisions are just the latest examples of the ripple effect that Walmart’s own open carry policy change appears to have set off in the retail business.
CVS Health Updates Firearms in Stores Policy pic.twitter.com/0ODx6ewJNX
— CVS Health (@CVSHealth) September 5, 2019
According to a statement posted on the drug store chain’s official Twitter, CVS is joining a “… growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores.”
The pharmacy chain is the latest major retailer to shift its gun policy in the wake of Walmart’s decision to ban open carry and cut back on its ammunition offerings. Kroger and Walgreens also followed suit, regarding the open carry policy.
Who's next? https://t.co/WWQiqOKuzX
— Everytown (@Everytown) September 5, 2019
The trend of retailers asking customers to forego open carry has attracted heat from right wing commentators.
However, a recent poll from consumer research firm CivicScience indicates that shifting gun policies aren’t negatively affecting shoppers’ desire to visit Walmart. And, if companies across retail continue to follow suit, it’s unclear if a boycott will even be possible.