Group wants guns banned from Harris Teeter

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Grocery store chain Kroger is getting a push from a group of mothers to ban guns from its stores, including Harris Teeter locations.

Moms Demand Action on Thursday delivered more than 72,000 petitions to Harris Teeter’s Matthews headquarters. They want the company to ban openly carried guns, even in jurisdictions where “open carry” is legal.

Local media outlets report the group has taken out ads in major newspapers in an effort to bring attention to the issue. Cincinnati-based Kroger is the second-largest grocer in the U.S., operating under a dozen other banners as well as Kroger and its Harris Teeter subsidiary.

Kroger says it follows all local and state laws. After a push from Moms Demand Action, Target eventually issued a statement asking customers to keep guns out.

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