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NAT’L – RETAILERS – When Is An Open-Carry ‘Request’ Enforceable: Gun Owners Test Limits Of Retailers’ New Policies

After Walmart announced a host of new policies concerning the store’s relationship with firearms — drastically reducing its share of the ammunition market, officially ending handgun sales altogether and discouraging customers from open-carrying in its stores — the news set off a flurry of similar responses from other retailers, largely owed to pressure applied from the gun control group Moms Demand Action. But the way coverage of Walmart’s decision, and subsequent ones by stores like Kroger, Walgreens, Wegmans and CVS, was quickly hailed by gun violence prevention advocates appears to have obscured a larger, underlying tension that may be fraying the new policies just as they begin to be implemented. The vagueness of the retailers’ statements and carefully-worded avoidance of the use of the term “ban” have become something of a Rorschach test, with advocates for reform reading into the apparent victory as a sizeable shift in public policy around guns, while gun-rights activists saw little more than a face-saving measure with dubious enforceability. “BREAKING: @CVS, the largest pharmacy store chain in the nation, just changed its open carry policy per the request of @MomsDemand,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said on Twitter after the convenience store announced its policy change. “Thank you @cvshealth!!!”  [full article]

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