Shannon Watts+ Your Authors @shannonrwatts Founder of @MomsDemand, grassroots army of @Everytown. NRA’s worst nightmare. Fight Like a Mother author. Sep. 03, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

.@MomsDemand volunteers have been asking #Walmart to block open carry in its stores since the 2014 shooting death of John Crawford III in an Ohio Walmart. Crawford was shot while holding a BB gun, even though openly carrying any type of gun was allowed in Walmart.

This is not the first time #Walmart has done the right thing on gun safety. In 2015, they stoppped selling semiautomatic rifles. In 2018, Walmart agreed to no longer sell firearms to customers under 21 years of age.

In 2008, Walmart worked with @Everytown to adopt a “Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership.” They now go beyond what federal law requires for gun sellers, by taking additional steps such as closing the Charleston Loophole in its stores and videotaping all firearm transactions.

This decision shows Americans are demanding leaders act to be keep us safe from gun violence. We applaud #Walmart for taking another significant step forward. Open carry is dangerous, and we’re grateful Walmart — one of the largest companies in America — agrees.

#Walmart today joins a long list of companies that have taken the step to prohibit open carry in stores in response to @MomsDemand campaigns, including Target, Starbucks, Chipotle and many others: 

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