Meijer released a statement on Monday via Twitter asking customers to refrain from open carrying firearms while on the property. 

“The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority, so we respectfully request that our customers do not open carry firearms at Meijer,” the tweet read. “We’ve made this decision because open carry can create an environment that makes our customers and team members feel unsafe.”

Meijer’s decision comes after recent mass shootings in the nation, including one at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 people. According to ABC, there have been 19 deadly mass shootings in the United States in 2019 alone.

Meijer, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., joins many other stores in asking customers not to open carry, including Kroger, Walgreens, CVS and Target, according to WXYZ Detroit. Walmart released a statement on Sept. 3 asking its customers to not open carry in stores with the exception of law enforcement officers. The statement also condemned current gun laws and urging policymakers to increase the security checks required to purchase a firearm.

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