Grocery Chain Firearms Policy

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Thursday’s mass shooting of a Tennessee Kroger marks another deadly attack on the nation’s largest supermarket chain.

In the latest incident in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, 13 people were injured and two were killed, including the suspect. Kroger does not say if the latest incident will lead to further changes.

In an updated statement on Friday, the grocer expressed his grief and pledged to help authorities with the investigation into the shooting.

“We are horrified and heartbroken by the senseless violence that occurred yesterday in the Kroger store… resulting in the death of a customer as well as the assailant and injuries to several other people, including 10 of our associates and five customers.” , Kroger mentioned.

Kroger confirmed reports that the suspect who died in the shooting was a “third party supplier.”

The company praised “truly heroic acts that included associates, clients and first responders selflessly helping to protect and save others.” He offered “thoughts, prayers and support to those affected by this tragedy,” including ongoing pay and guidance to workers.

Kroger said the store will remain closed while law enforcement completes their investigation. He referred further questions to the local police during the investigation.

Outside the Kroger on New Byhalia Road in Collierville, Tennessee, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon, September 23, 2021.

Kroger’s reaction was similar to the one he issued after the Boulder shooting that killed 10 people earlier this year. This incident occurred on March 22 at its subsidiary King Soopers.

In addition to the Kroger stores, the grocer operates several regional supermarket chains in 35 states, including Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Ralphs, Mariano’s, Fry’s, Smith’s, QFC and others. The company employs 465,000 workers.

Gun violence in its stores and elsewhere in America prompted Kroger in 2019 to change its gun policy. Other grocery stores have also seen horrific attacks, including the 2019 Walmart Massacre in El Paso that left 23 people dead.

Kroger’s gun policy

In the wake of the mass shootings, Kroger changed its policies and sales practices for firearms.

In 2019, Kroger asked buyers to leave their guns at home. The policy change came a day after its grocery rival Walmart made a similar change. The previous policy was to rely on state or local firearms regulations.

“This is something we’ve been talking about for some time – it’s something our customers told us they would feel safer if we did,” Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen told The Enquirer after the change. “We are really just listening to our customers.”

The policy change came months after a 2018 shootout in suburban Louisville when then 51-year-old Gregory Alan Bush entered a Kroger targeting black victims, killing two. He then pleaded guilty but suffering from mental disorder and was sentenced to life without parole.

In 2018, Kroger announced that it would stop selling firearms and ammunition in stores at its Portland, Oregon-based subsidiary Fred Meyer (which operates 132 stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). At the time, the company cited declining customer demand for this decision.

Almost half of mass shootings (45.6%) take place in business settings, according to a 2014 Federal Bureau of Investigation study.

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