A gun rights activist in Texas says Walmart’s no open carry rule is more about appeasing critics than it is about keeping law abiding gun toters out of their stores.
Last week, Walmart announced that it is “respectfully requesting” its customers no longer openly carry guns. David Amad, vice president of Open Carry Texas, told the New York Times many of his 38,000 members have since tested the new policy, only to report no employees bothered them with guns in plain site.
“They are ducking the issue,” Amad told the paper. “They are trying to get the gun haters to leave them alone, while at the same time leave us alone when we carry in their stores.”
Private businesses are allowed to set their own policies when it comes to who, if anyone, can carry a gun on the premises. The Walmart announcement came less than a month after a mass shooting incident that killed 22 shoppers at its El Paso store.
While Walmart did request customers not openly carry, they stopped short of banning guns altogether. A similar approach was announced by other retailers, including Walgreens, CVS, Target, and Kroger. Out of the nation’s top 30 retailers, Costco is the only company that has outright banned guns on their properties.
Social media users from both sides of the issue weighed in…
Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Wegmans & CVS have all banned open carry in their stores now.— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) September 6, 2019
Did you hear that, criminals?
Those are the easiest spots to commit crimes….
The rest of us will be shopping at the mom & pop shops they aimed to put out of business in the first place.
oh no if I can't open carry at walmart how will everyone in town know not to mess with me— Seamus O'flaugherty (@seamussaid) September 3, 2019