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.