Schnucks bans open carrying of guns

Schnucks bans open carrying of guns

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis’ largest grocery chain is asking customers to leave their guns at home.

Schnucks, the family-owned leader in the St. Louis market, joined some national chains in adopting a policy banning the open carry of weapons in their stores.

The catch: Those allowed to legally carry concealed weapons may continue to do so.

“Our CEO just announced to our teammates the decision to prohibit the open carrying of weapons except for by authorized law enforcement personnel,” a spokesperson told MetroSTL.com in response to questions about the new policy. “We made this decision for the safety and comfort of our teammates and our customers, who expect a family-friendly environment when shopping for their household needs.”

Walgreens and CVS drug stores made similar announcements Thursday on the heels of Walmart’s announcement of a significant shift in its policy toward weapons, discontinuing the sale of some types of ammunition.

The discounter, based in Bentonville, Ark., said Tuesday that it would stop selling handgun ammunition as well as short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military style weapons, after it runs out of its current inventory. That in turn will reduce Walmart’s market share of ammunition from about 20 percent to a range of about 6 percent to 9 percent, according to a memo by company CEO Doug McMillon.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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