On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Andrew Sorkin posed the question to Kroger chief financial officer, Mike Schlotman, about the Moms Demand Action protest against the company’s policy on open carrying firearms in its stores during an interview last week. Schlotman said:
That was a group called Moms Demand Action. They were opposed to the fact that our policy is to adhere to the local gun laws. If the local gun laws are to allow open carry, we’ll certainly allow customers to do that based on what the local laws are. We don’t believe it’s up to us to legislate what the local gun control laws should be. It’s up to the local legislators to decide to do that.
So we follow local laws; we ask our customers to be respectful to the other people they are shopping with. And we really haven’t had any issues inside of our stores as a result of that.
The comment reaffirms the company’s original statement when Moms targeted the supermarket giant last summer after a series of successful campaigns targeting other chains. The group was able to raise awareness of policies by Target, Chipotle, Facebook and Starbucks and force the companies to respond, more often than not in a lukewarm way.
According to Moms, the group and its followers pressured Sorkin to ask the question. “Following your Tweets putting pressure on the network, a CNBC host asked Kroger’s CFO why his stores still allow open carry. We’re sure you’ll laugh at his response as hard as we did,” the group said on Facebook.