Publix has joined the chorus of large retailers asking customers not to include their guns and rifles in the brick-and-mortar shopping experience.
“Publix respectfully requests that only law enforcement officials openly carry firearms in our stores,” said an email from a Publix spokesperson.
Walmart, CVS and Starbucks made similar requests — not prohibitions — of their customers. But none of those have home base in Florida, where the state’s most powerful lobbyist pushes the NRA’s agenda and the NRA likes to use Florida as a testing ground for concepts it favors, i.e., Stand Your Ground.
Publix has stores in open carry states Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina and licensed open carry states Georgia and Tennessee.