The gun safety group Moms Demand Action has released two phone calls to Kroger grocery stores asking if they can bring electronic scooters or poodles into the markets.
On the poodle call (audio below), the Kroger employee says, "We do not allow pets in the store... Ma'am, I can't, it's a safety issue. You allow one, then you allow two then all of a sudden we have pets in the store."
The Moms Demand Action member replies, "Don't you let people with loaded assault rifles in? Isn't that a safety issue too?"
"Well, uhh, that's not an animal," says the Kroger employee.
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In the second phone call (audio below), the Moms Demand Action member tells a Kroger employee that her daughter wants to bring her brand-new scooter into the grocery store.
"There's liability issues with that and the safety and concern of our customers is foremost," states the Kroger employee.
"People are allowed to bring loaded weapons into the store, right?" asks the Moms Demand member.
"Yes, that's correct, that is what the state allows," replies the Kroger employee.
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However, private companies can make their own rules as to what customers may bring in.
According to their website, Moms Demand Action has taken 300,000 petition signatures to Kroger stores in an effort to get the grocery giant to ban guns from their stores. The group also published an open letter to Kroger in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Moms Demand Action members protested outside a Kroger shareholders meeting in the METS Center in Erlanger, Kentucky, today, reports WKRC. One of the protesters included Mary Reed who was shot along with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011.
Fox 59 reported earlier this month that Kroger issued a statement on guns:
The safety of our customers and associates is one of our most important company values. Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don't want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun. That is why our long-standing policy on this issue is to follow state and local laws and to ask customers to be respectful of others while shopping. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.
MyFoxDFW.com reported in April that a Kroger manager was fired after taking away a knife from a suspected shoplifter at an Arlington, Texas, store.