Open carry ban urged by federal lawmakers in Conn.

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( — 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.”

Connecticut Food Association members operate approximately 300 retail food stores and 135 pharmacies in the state.

“The Connecticut Food Association places the health and safety of its members, their employees and customers — and the public at large — first and foremost. We take their safety very seriously, and also recognize the importance of operating under existing state laws,” said Wayne Pesce, President of the Connecticut Food Association in a press release.

“Recognizing this is a passionate issue on all sides, the Connecticut Food Association is working with its membership and national affiliates to create and share best practice policies so our members can make informed decisions.”

— Written by Eric Scheiner