Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is ramping up pressure on Kroger this holiday season in an effort to persuade the retail food chain corporation to ban open carry in their stores.
To achieve that objective, Moms launched its “12 Days of Kroger” campaign Monday.
“For the next 12 weekdays, we’ll be contacting a different Kroger-owned grocery chain each day and asking them to prohibit open-carry of guns in their stores,” said the group on Facebook.
On Tuesday, members dropped off petitions signed by shoppers and patrons of Fred Meyer, an Oregon-based grocery store chain purchased by Kroger in 2009.
“I don’t want to worry about gunmen in the supermarket as my child and I shop for groceries,” Anneliese Davis, a volunteer with Oregon state chapter of Moms Demand Action, in a statement.
“It is far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get a gun in America without a background check, and I’m uncomfortable shopping at a store that puts gun extremists ahead of the safety of my family. Fred Meyer should prohibit the open carry of firearms immediately.”
Oregon members of Moms Demand Action are also actively fighting for universal background checks. Following the midterm elections, the state Senate now has a pro-background check majority and a governor who is sympathetic to the cause.
“It’ll take legislative action as well as support from the companies we trust to finally curb this epidemic of gun violence in this country,” Davis added. “Oregon moms are proud to do our part to show Fred Meyer and Kroger that their shoppers want and deserve a safer, more kid-friendly experience in their stores.”
Meanwhile, a representative of Fred Meyer iterated the company’s longstanding policy on firearms.
“Our policy is that we follow local laws,” Fred Meyer spokesperson Melinda Merrill told Oregon Live. “So if it’s allowed in the municipality where our store is, then we follow the local law.”
While various restaurants and retail stores have capitulated to Moms Demand Action, e.g. Target, Starbucks, Chipotle, Sonic, Panera Bread, Jack in the Box, Chili’s, Kroger has stood its ground. Hopefully Kroger continues to ignore Moms Demand Action and keeps its pro-gun policy in place. Time will tell.