HOUSTON – Walmart recently announced that customers were being asked not to carry firearms open in stores.
The company made the request while acknowledging that open carry in some states is legal.
KPRC 2 asked Walmart how it planned to deal with customers who choose to ignore the company's request. Here's what it said.
Question: Why do you "ask" customers not to open carry in your stores and not put up signs prohibiting guns in the premises?
A: We recognize that states have different forms of open carry laws, so our policy calls for customers not to open transportation in stores. When it comes to signage, different states and local jurisdictions have their own signage / notice requirements, so it is not an approach that is suitable for everyone when it comes to notice.
Q: What happens to customers who choose to ignore your request and continue to legally open their weapons into Walmart or Sam's Club stores?
A: We understand that it is law-abiding citizens who carry open firearms in states where it is legal to do so. We will treat them with respect, and we will have a very non-confrontational approach. Our store management team will receive guidance on how to address these situations and will determine if the circumstances require contact with law enforcement.
Our hope is that everyone understands the circumstances that led to this new policy and respects the concerns of their fellow buyers and our associates.
Walmart has been pressured to stop selling guns after 22 people were shot and killed inside a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
Last year, after a shooter in Parkland, Florida, killed 1
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