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Moms group calls out Kroger over gun policy

The ads ask readers to guess which item is banned in a Kroger store: Guns or skateboards. The ads ask readers to guess which item is banned in a Kroger store: Guns or skateboards.

The group "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" is behind eye catching ads that are popping up around the Tri-State and calling out Kroger.

The campaign aims to persuade Kroger, which has more than 2,000 locations nationwide, to change their position on customers carrying guns in stores.

Customers are allowed to shop in Kroger with a gun, but not bring an ice cream cone from outside the store or shop shirtless. That's what these ads are highlighting, and Michele Mueller says it doesn't make sense.

"It's the last thing you expect to see when you walk into a grocery store is to be going down aisle three picking out cereals or going to the frozen food department and around the corner you're confronted with a person with this assault weapon," said Mueller.

Kyle Hufford owns his own gun shop and agrees when people carry rifles into stores, it makes some people feel uncomfortable, but it's just about being responsible.

"All these idiots carrying AR15's into stores I think they're making us all look bad," said Hufford.

Some chains have already taken a stand on banning open carry including Chipotle, Target, and Starbucks. Hufford, who carries everywhere he goes, believes those businesses are taking a hit.

"I see one of those no gun signs, I don't go in there because they don't agree with me being able to exercise my second amendment rights," said Hufford.

The ads aren't just hitting local newspapers and national outlets. Mueller says they aren't anti-gun, they're anti-gun violence. She feels they could help educate Americans on lax state laws.

"Ohio's laws for open carry does not require a background check, no permits needed, no age limit, and no training requirements," said Mueller.

Kroger, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, claims to be sticking by its long-time policy. FOX19 NOW reached out for comment and received the following statement:

"The safety of our customers and associates is one of our most important company values. Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don't want to put our associates in a position of having to confront customers or enforce gun laws. That is why our long-standing policy on this issue is to follow state and local laws and to urge customers to be respectful of others while shopping to feed their families. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores."

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