Meijer gun carry rules, Here are the gun policies for America’s largest retailers.
America’s largest retailers are rethinking their gun policies following a spate of mass shootings this summer in states including California, Texas and Ohio.
With uncertainty about whether Congress will do anything this fall in response to the massacres, the private sector has started taking action to address gun violence.
Walmart, whose El Paso, Texas, location was the site of a mass shooting in August, said this week it was halting the sale of handguns and certain ammunition while urging its millions of customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores. Walgreens and CVS quickly followed suit, asking its customers to leave their guns at home.
But not all major retailers have revamped their policies.
Below is a description of gun policies for the 30 largest U.S. retailers based on overall sales, as measured by the National Retail Federation.
Retailers that ban firearms
No. 4 Costco ($101.43 billion)
Headquarters: Issaquah, Wash.
A statement on Costco’s website says the membership-based retailer prohibits guns in its stores and offers a refund to members who don’t agree with it. A Costco spokeswoman contacted by The Hill said she didn’t know when the ban took effect and that management had no further comment beyond the statement.
“At Costco, we don’t believe it’s necessary to bring firearms into its warehouses, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace,” the statement reads.
“Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world. This isn’t a new policy, and we don’t customize this policy for each city/county/state/country where we do business,” the company added. “If you believe that our policy restricting members from bringing firearms into our warehouses is unfair or excessively burdensome, or you cannot agree to abide by this policy, Costco will promptly refund your annual membership fee in full upon request.”