America's largest retailers are rethinking their gun policies following a series of mass shootings this summer in the states, including California, Texas, and Ohio.
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Walmart, whose seat in El Paso, Texas is the site of a mass shooting in August, said it had stopped selling guns this week and some ammunition while calling on its millions of customers not to carry open firearms in its stores. Walgreens and CVS quickly followed suit, asking their customers to leave their guns at home.
But not all major retailers have updated their policies.
The following describes the arms policy for the top 30 U.S. retailers based on total sales as measured by the National Retail Federation.
Retailers who prohibit firearms
No. 4 Costco ($ 1
Head Office: Issaquah, Wash.
A statement on Costco's website says that a membership-based merchant bans weapons in their stores and offers refunds that do not agree with him. A Costco spokesman linked to The Hill said he did not know when the ban came into force and that management had no other comment than the statement.
"At Costco we do not believe that it is necessary to bring firearms into our warehouses, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers. To protect all our members and staff, we believe this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and a safe workplace, "the statement said.
"Our policy is to protect our members and employees at all. warehouses all over the world. This is not a new policy and we do not personalize this policy for every city / county / state / country where we do business, 'the company added. "If you believe that our policy restricting members from bringing firearms into our warehouses is unjust or excessively burdensome or you cannot agree to comply with this policy, Costco will promptly refund your annual membership fee upon request immediately."
] Retailers who want customers do not carry an open firearm
No. 1 Walmart ($ 387.66 billion)
Headquarters: Bentonville, Ark.
Walmart changed its weapons policy on Tuesday, urging its customers not to carry weapons in their stores openly. The world's largest retailer has also stopped selling pistols and ammunition for pistols and some short-barreled rifles.
"In terms of safety in our stores, there have been numerous incidents by El Paso where people trying to make a statement and test our response have entered our stores carrying weapons in a manner that frightened or affected our associates and customers, ”CEO Doug McMillan wrote in a note.
A mass shooting in El Paso on August 3 took place at a Walmart store, leaving 22 dead and 24 injured.
"We also have well-meaning law-abiding customers who inadvertently caused a store evacuation and called on local law enforcement to respond," McMillan added. "These incidents are a concern and we would like to avoid them, so we respectfully request that customers no longer carry open firearms in our stores or Sam's clubs in countries where" open carry "is permitted – unless authorized law enforcement officers . "
No. 3 Kroger ($ 119.70 billion)
Kroger changed his policy this week and asked customers not to carry weapons in their stores openly. A year ago, the company stopped selling firearms and ammunition at its Fred Meyer stores in the Northwest Pacific.
"Kroger respectfully requests that customers no longer carry open firearms in our stores except authorized law enforcement officers," Jessica Adelman, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, told The Hill in a statement.
"We also join those who encourage our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and eliminate weapons from those found to be at risk of violence," she added.
No. 5 Walgreens ($ 98.39 billion)
Headquarters: Deerfield, Ill.
Walgreens announced Thursday that it would ask customers not to carry weapons in their stores.
"We we join other retailers who want our customers to no longer carry an open firearm in our mags zines, in addition to authorized law enforcement officers, "the company says in a statement.
No. 7 CVS ($ 83.79 billion)
Head Office: Woonsocket, RI
CVS says it wants to be filed
"We support the efforts of people and groups working to prevent gun violence and constantly review our policies and procedures to ensure that our stores the environment remains safe, "the company said in a statement a chorus of businesses, asking our customers, other than law enforcement officers, not to carry firearms in our stores. "
 Target # 8 ($ 74.48 billion)
Since July 2014, Target has requested that no firearm be brought into its stores.
" We … We respectfully ask guests not to carry a firearm to be targeted – even in communities where permitted by law, "says the retailer at the time.
No. 12 Royal Ahold Delhaize USA (Giant, Food Lion, Hannaford)
Head Office: Carlisle, Pa.
Royal Ahold Delhaize is the parent company of numerous food brands, each with its own weapons policy, a spokesman said.  At 1,000 food lions on the East Coast, customers are asked to "voluntarily refrain" from carrying their guns.
'Food Lion complies with all federal, state and local firearm laws in our stores. We always encourage our customers to be kind and respectful of others when they are in our stores. We prefer customers to voluntarily refrain from introducing firearms and other weapons into our stores, "said Food Lion. "However, we respect the rights of customers to carry firearms as permitted by law, and we ask our customers to be respectful of others, regardless of their opinions on the matter."
Christopher Brand, spokesman for Giant Food Stores LLC , said, "We respect customers not to carry firearms in our stores, even if permitted by applicable state and local laws."
No. 20 H-E-B Grocery Stores ($ 24.02 billion)
Headquarters: San Antonio
H-E-B, a Texas supermarket chain, allows customers to carry concealed handguns, but has a policy that has for decades prohibited open carry. In 2015, the company began posting signs on its weapons policy in its stores to comply with state law.
"H-E-B has always allowed licensed customers to conceal carry guns inside our stores. H-E-B does not allow guns or long rifles to be carried openly on our property or in our stores because of our TABC alcohol license, "said spokeswoman Dya Campos in an email. "It's a long-standing policy for decades, nothing has changed."
No. 26 Starbucks ($ 17.41 billion)
Starbucks wants customers not to carry firearms in its stores. Former CEO Howard Schultz, who said Friday that he is not running for president, made the announcement in 2013.
"Few topics in America give rise to a more polarized and emotional debate than guns. In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners (employees) who work in our stores have been involuntarily pushed out in the midst of this debate. That's why today I write with a respectful request that customers no longer carry firearms in our stores or outdoor seating areas, "Schultz wrote in his letter at the time.
Retailers without arms restrictions
No. 16 TJX Companies ($ 29.59 Billion)
Head Office: Framingham, Massachusetts
TJX Companies, the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, has no restrictions on carrying weapons in its stores.
"We value the seriousness of this problem and care deeply for the safety of our associates and customers," TJX told The Hill in a statement. "Employee and customer safety is and will always be a top priority. We do not sell firearms or ammunition at any of our stores, and we follow federal, state, and local laws about carrying a firearm that we've been making for many years. "
No. 19 Macy ($ 24.9 billion) )
Head Office: Cincinnati
Macy didn't pick up customers are not allowed to carry guns in their stores; instead, they leave that decision to state and local jurisdictions or the mall where the store is located.
"The safety and security of our customers and colleagues is Macy's top priority "We comply with all applicable state and local firearms laws and regulations, in addition to the mall rules," a Macy spokesman told The Hill.
No. 17 Aldi ($ 28.78 billion)
Head Office: Batavia, Ill.
Aldi's code of conduct addresses employees, not customers, and wants to keep firearms in their cars, if state law allows.
"Except to the extent that state law expressly permits employees to store safe firearms in their vehicles in the Company's parking lot, firearms, knives or other dangerous weapons must not be transferred to the property of the Company for no reason, "the company says in its code of conduct.
Retailers who do not answer questions about arms policies
No. 2 Amazon (stores)
Lowe & # 39; s. 10 Albertsons (Safeway)
no. 11 Apple Stores
No. 13 Best Purchase
No. 14 McDonald's
No. 15 Publix
No. 18 Dollar General
No. 21. Dollar Tree
No. 22 Verizon
No. 23. Col.
No. 24. Yum! Stamps
No. 25 Meijer
No. 27 Ace Hardware
No. 28 Wakefern / Shoprite
None. 29. 7-Eleven
no. 30 AT&T