Even though the state law allows for open carry, federal lawmakers in Connecticut are asking the state’s food retail stores to ban the open carry of guns in their stores.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) wrote a letter last week to the Connecticut Food Association saying, “we urge you to implement a new policy that would prevent the open carry of guns in your member stores.”
The letter dated Jan. 28th says, “Although Connecticut law allows for open carry, supermarkets, food retailers, and other private establishments have the legal authority to ban firearms from their premises. There is simply no reason someone would need to bring their gun with them in order to purchase milk, bread or other necessities at a grocery store.”
“Customers should feel safe while shopping, and employees should not be fearful while doing their jobs,” the letter continues. “You have the opportunity to take a strong stance in support of creating a safe, welcoming environment in Connecticut’s food retailers.”
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