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Just months after being targeted by anti-gun groups like Moms Demand Action for allowing open carry in all of its nearly 2,500 stores, the CFO of supermarket chain Kroger spoke out during a recent television appearance, saying his company would not ban the practice due to the fact that it is legal a majority of states.

According to, Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman was being interviewed on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program when host Andrew Ross Sorkin said, “In the fall there [were] these liberal groups who had organized to suggest that Kroger was allowing people to ‘open carry’ firearms in their supermarkets. What was that about and where do you guys stand on that?”

Schlotman replied: “That was a group called Moms Demand Action. They were opposed to the fact that our policy is to adhere to the local gun laws. If the local gun laws are to allow open carry, we’ll certainly allow customers to do that based on what the local laws are. We don’t believe it’s up to us to legislate what the local gun control laws should be. It’s up to the local legislators to decide to do that.

“So we follow local laws [and] we ask our customers to be respectful to the other people they are shopping with. And we really haven’t had any issues inside of our stores as a result of that.”

As reports, Moms Demand Action began protesting against Kroger on August 18 via rallies, ads and public statements. That same day, Kroger subsidiary Fred Meyer said they wouldn’t ban open carry in their stores. Kroger followed suit with a similar statement a few days later. Moms Demand Action also tried to pressure North Carolina-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter, with similar results.

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