On Thursday, the United States-based pharmacies Walgreens and CVS, and supermarket chain Wegmans has directed the customers not to openly carry any sort of firearms in their stores and not to bring it in at all. 

The calls by the stores are followed by a similar move by Kroger, which is the biggest supermarket chain in the country, come as the country struggled with an epidemic of gun violence and often mass shootings. 

Over Twitter, CVS’s post reads, that it supports “the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence,” and directed that customers who are not law enforcement personnel to withhold from bringing firearms into its stores.

Meanwhile, Walgreens has only asked its customers not to openly carry guns, offered no explanation for its choice in a brief statement on its official website. 

It has further requested the customer to stop openly carrying firearms, tweets: “The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans.”

On Tuesday, Walmart has announced that it would stop the sale of ammunition for some military-style rifles and handguns, termed the status quo on firearms as “unacceptable” in the United States. 

It came a month after the incident of a deadly shooting at one of the retail giant’s chain stores in El Paso, Texas, which took lived of around 22. 

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