What is Safeway’s Gun Policy?

Safeway Anti-Gun

Safeway, a massive chain of over 1,300 grocery stores is one of the major supermarkets in the United States and because of the immense number of customers they receive and the fact that many of you likely have shopped there we wanted to take a look at their specific policy about carrying firearms within their stores.


Looking on Safeway's website it is tough to find their stance bluntly stated, but luckily (and also in a way unluckily, if you're a gun lover) we have stumbled upon a correspondence between a member of the gun control group “Moms Demand Action” and a member of Safeway's Customer Support Staff which you can see in full by clicking right here.

But for those of you who would enjoy the Sparknotes version of the thread, the customer service representative illustrating Safeway's stance stated the following during their correspondence.

“Thank you for writing to us about the firearm policy at your local Safeway store.

Our longstanding policy is that firearms are not permitted in our stores – with the exception of law enforcement personnel. Safeway/Albertsons does not permit weapons of any kind in our stores.”

So it appears that Safeway's stance on guns is the same as another major company we covered recently, Lyft. Lyft's gun policy, like Safeway's is confusing to those of us who are pro-gun because it seems as though the higher ups know how helpful guns can be in life-or-death situations considering their stance on police carrying within their jurisdiction, but they fear the general populace, no matter how trained they may be, doing the same.

It's a stance that doesn't make much sense, but then again neither do many of these companies' stances. It is an unfortunate fact that we as gun owners simply have to adhere to the wishes of private businesses or look elsewhere if we wish to give money and time to organizations that match our mindsets.

What do you think of this story? Do you shop at Safeway? After hearing of their anti-gun stance will you still? Let us know in the comments below.

About Craig Martin

Craig Martin grew up in the unincorporated town of Lewis, Wisconsin. From a young age, Craig was introduced to guns, as he was tasked with defending his backwood home’s wiring from a scourge of red squirrels.

Ever the animal lover, though; Craig couldn’t let these creatures die needlessly. So he would take his kills and leave them for the foxes, coyotes, and bears to eat at a deer feeder his grandfather built around their home.

His lifestyle made Craig understand that guns are a tool and ever since, has spread the word about how firearms are not a menace, like the red squirrel, but an item to help people. He instils this in every article he writes for USA Firearm Training.


  1. Albert on April 10, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Safeway went from a ‘national’ brand to a pretty ‘local’ brand in CA and neighboring states. In reality, who cares what their ‘policy’ is. If you have a CHL, you are ‘legal’ and no one will ‘know’; if you are a ‘crook’ you don’t care what Safeway’s ‘policy’ is, and what do you care about what ‘the law’ is or says anyway?

  2. mnrobitaille on April 26, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Do any of these companies declaring themselves to be “Gun-Free zones” know about 18 USC 241?

  3. mnrobitaille on April 26, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Do any of these companies declaring themselves to be “Gun-Free zones” know about 18 USC 241?

  4. William on September 3, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Holy crap, I had no idea. I’ve been concealing in Albertsons for years.

  5. solid6x8 on September 4, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    mnrobitaille – The 10th amendment trumps this.. States rights.. and it’s legal for a business to eject you if you are carrying against their policy.

  6. Michael Roberts on August 20, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    From what I have been seeing and hearing is more toward open carry vs. concealed carry, not saying that applies everywhere, but I live in Tacoma Wa and my wife went into Walmart open carry and was asked to cover her weapon or leave the store in which she has her CWP so she complied, but she also asked where the sign was posted saying that policy at that time they did not have it posted. We went on line and it is a fairly new policy, We always look before we go into a place of business and also know laws of parks, court houses etc. The average person probably don’t realize how many people actually are carrying some type of weapon on them that you don’t see ..More and more stores are going to this policy, me personally do both depending where I am at choose to conceal or open carry. We all know the phrase ” what you cant see won’t hurt you” personally I would rather see it coming.. Just my opinion being raised around guns, guns don’t scare me its the person carrying that make you wonder.. Stay safe!!

  7. Peter Lefebvre on August 21, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I’ve never seen postings on doors or windows. I will continue to license carry responsibly

  8. vickie on March 24, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I really doubt the 1/10 of 1% of these I gotta carry a gun can actually hit a target let alone a loony fanatic firing an automatic gun of some kind scaring them to pieces. I usually see ppl like this in petsmart of all places. I’d leave a grocery store if I saw someone with a gun holster. hes the guy that cant control temper type probably

    • Daryl Crook on June 20, 2021 at 10:58 am

      You don’t sound very smart. I know probably 50 or 60 people at my gun range that are licensed to carry, and carry every waking moment. They are all excellent marksman!! I carry concealed in many stores. If I don’t see a posted sign on a business then I walk right in. Twice in the last year two stores noticed I had a Gun under my shirt an told me to leave. I said NO! They called the police. Both times the Officers told them they needed to have very visible signs that are easily seen at every entrance. Then the officers told me to continue shopping. These antigun fool aren’t to smart.

      • Andres on October 14, 2023 at 3:45 pm

        I carry everywhere i go in Seattle area no one said anything to me before

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