CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Schnucks announced on Thursday, September 5 it will prohibit customers from openly carrying firearms inside stores.
In a statement from the store’s corporate media relations, they said they decided to prohibit the open carrying of weapons except by authorized law enforcement personnel.
“We made the decision for the safety and comfort of our teammates and our customers, who expect a family-friendly environment when shopping for their household needs,” the statement read.
Staff with the St. Louis based company said local police will help them enforce the policy if and when it’s necessary.
Customers who frequently shop at the Cape Girardeau location are also weighing in on the decision.
“Nervous. It makes you nervous just to see somebody carrying a gun around like that,” said shopper Joel McCrary.
McCrary says he does not want to see someone carry a gun into a grocery store but thinks a policy that prohibits firearms will not stop someone with bad intentions.
“They have cameras on everything now. You assume they would see someone walking in,” McCrary said. “And when you have a problem and you need someone you call the police. It doesn’t take them very long to get there and when they do they have a tendency to take care of business.”
Missouri law allows the open carrying of firearms but private businesses have are legally allowed to ban guns from their property
Shopper Ty Wright finds it confusing.
“Are you going with the law or are you going against it?" Wright said. "Honestly it makes the people carrying the weapons feel like you’re going back on your word. It’s just have some transparency.”
Both Wright and McCrary believe stores need to do more than just restrict firearms from going inside.
“My idea would be that if they want to do that, hire some more security guards,." McCrary said "Give people jobs and keep more of them around there if you have to.”
“If they have a gun policy they should also have someone there to watch the door," Wright said. "And really just remind people so they won’t have any altercations or anything like that.”
Schnucks said it will continue to allow the concealed carrying of weapons where permitted by law.
Signs will go up in all stores in the next few weeks.
Walgreens, Walmart and Kroger recently announced they were asking customers to not openly carry weapons in stores.
Schnucks currently has nearly 100 locations in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin. It was founded in north St. Louis in 1939.