An open letter to Kroger’s board of directors:

Nora A Aufreiter, Robert D. Beyer, Susan J. Kropf, David B. Lewis, W. Rodney McMullen, Jorge P. Montoya, Clyde R. Moor, Susan M. Phillips, James A. Runde, Ronald L. Sargent, Bobby S. Shackouls

I am writing to you on behalf of the 2.5 million members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. For several months, we have been calling on Kroger to adopt a policy prohibiting the open carry of guns in its stores. But Kroger has refused to consider this change—even though guns are prohibited altogether at Kroger’s own headquarters in Cincinnati.

We want you, as the members of Kroger’s Board of Directors, to understand why this change matters so much to us as parents, shoppers, and concerned citizens. It’s not about politics or posturing; it’s about where we choose to shop with our families.

We are calling on Kroger to adopt a gun sense policy because:

  • In over 40 states it’s legal for virtually anyone to openly carry a loaded gun, with absolutely no licensing permitting or safety training, often without a background check.
  • Kroger’s current policy is allowing people to flaunt guns in grocery aisles, and intimidate customers on social media. [link to selected photos of open carry/social media content].
  • While we’re shopping with our kids, we don’t want to have to guess whether someone carrying a gun is just another shopper, or an imminent threat to our safety.
  • A majority of Kroger shoppers [link to polling memo] believe the company should prohibit open carry.

As members of Kroger’s board, you can ensure that Kroger creates a safer, more welcoming place for customers and employees alike. A growing number of American businesses are doing just that by adopting gun sense policies, including Safeway, Starbucks, Target, Chipotle, Panera, and more. It’s time for Kroger to do the same.

Please use your influence to ensure that Kroger adopts a gun sense policy. We will reward businesses that put our safety first.

Thank you,

Shannon Watts