Kroger asks shoppers to not openly carry firearms in stores

Kroger is now taking after Walmart and asking its shoppers not to openly carry firearms in stores anymore.

The grocery store chain is also urging elected leaders to pass laws to strengthen background checks and remove weapons from people found to pose a risk for violence.

Last March, the company stopped selling guns in its 45 Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest.

The announcement comes just hours after Walmart asked customers refrain from openly carrying firearms at its stores unless they are law enforcement officers.

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