You’re the friendly sort who was hired by Walmart to smile, greet customers as they come through the door and point out the toothpaste aisle.
Now Texas laws have changed and you find yourself watching for open carry weapons and checking gun permits. Not quite what you had in mind, but the dilemma Walmart and other Texas retailers are in leaves them little choice, especially if they want to keep their liquor license.
The Texas chapter of the gun control advocate Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense is pressuring Walmart to prominently place signs in front of its stores to warn customers of the law.
According to The Dallas News:
Walmart cashiers or door greeters who see someone with a gun are to alert the highest-ranking employee, who is to approach the customer and ask to see the paperwork.
“We do try to ensure that people have a licensed firearm,” said Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick. “We are giving direction to our store employees to ask for a license as our management sees appropriate.”
The new law is forcing retailers to take sides in one of the nation’s most hotly contested debates. Gun-rights activists are boycotting stores that forbid firearms, saying people shouldn’t be punished for exercising their rights. Gun-control advocates, are avoiding stores that allow customers to bear arms, saying no one should have to shop where they feel unsafe.
“Now that it’s open carry, that creates a new space that you have to cover,” said George Kelemen, chief executive officer of the Texas Retailers Association. Stores like Wal-Mart want “to make absolutely sure that the message they convey is, ‘We welcome your patronage, but we sell alcohol and we don’t want to risk losing the ability to do that.”
That balancing act isn’t sitting well with gun-control advocates. The Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has begun targeting stores that have publicly opposed the open-carry law but haven’t displayed the official signs prohibiting it.
“I find it offensive,” said C.J. Grisham, president of gun- rights group Open Carry Texas, who has heard from members who shop at Wal-Mart that they have been asked for permits. “I don’t want to be treated suspect by a place that I’m shopping at.”
What are your thoughts about this? Can you believe it’s gotten to this point? What is Walmart thinking? Share your opinions in the comment section. Let us know what you think about this?
h/t – The Dallas News