People in Southwest Michigan and anywhere else that Meijer operates can add that major retailer to the growing list of companies asking customers to avoid the open carry of firearms in any of their stores.
In a Tweet posted to their Twitter account at the end of the business day on Monday, September 9th, 2019, Meijer cited customer and team safety for their request. Here is what they said in the two sentence Tweet:
“The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority, so we respectfully request that our customers do not open carry firearms at Meijer. We’ve made this decision because open carry can create an environment that makes our customers and team members feel unsafe.”
Unlike Walmart, which launched the recent trend in requesting customers to leave their guns behind or at least conceal them, Meijer shared nothing about any change in policy regarding the sale of either ammunition or firearms which are available in most, if not all, Meijer stores.
The Monday evening 5pm announcement followed just under a week the word from Walmart that asked customers not to open carry guns in their stores and triggered the halt of handgun and short-barrel rifled ammo at all Walmart store.
Shortly after Walmart made the decision, Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, and the Wegmans grocery chain all followed suit asking customers to avoid open carry.
The Meijer request covers more than 200 Meijer stores throughout the Midwest with stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin.