In general, there is no law that prohibits you from taking your gun to a grocery store. SAN ANTONIO At least three grocery stores have chosen not to participate in Texas' controversial open gun law that will go into effect Friday, saying that only concealed weapons are allowed in their stores. Although law enforcement groups lobbied to remove a provision in the bill that prohibits asking residents for their license to carry concealed weapons, many law enforcement agencies said they will not ask to see the permission of all gun owners who openly carry, but assume that they have the proper documentation. However, Kroger allows weapons to be openly transported in its stores, and the chain's CFO has rejected demands to change its policy across the country.
AUSTIN, Texas The Texas chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of the grassroots networks of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statements applauding H-E-B, one of the largest grocery chains in Texas, for joining the group of companies large and small across Texas by posting signs in their stores that prohibit transport without a permit. Other establishments that prohibit open gun carrying, according to Gun Free Businesses, include Walgreens, Barnes & Noble, IKEA, and all 24 Hour Fitness and YMCA locations. Concealed handguns will even be allowed inside the Texas Capitol, where license holders can avoid metal detectors. Openly carrying a gun will require obtaining the same license as concealed gun holders must be at least 21 years old, have a clean criminal and psychological record, complete a training course, and pass a shooting test.
And several gun owners say they don't care about the decisions of H-E-B, which has nearly 350 stores in more than 150 Texas communities; and national chains Safeway and Whole Foods. But seeing a shopper with a gun in the middle of the produce department or somewhere else in the store is a scary sight for some people, who made their concerns known when the photo was posted on Facebook. Most grocery chains in Houston, including H-E-B, Randall's, Fiesta, Costco, Trader Joes, Sprouts, Phoenicia and Whole Foods, ban firearms that are openly carried in their stores with such a sign, according to the Gun Free Businesses website. Texas law specifically allows license holders to carry concealed guns on post-secondary school campuses, except on parts of campuses of private institutions that have established rules prohibiting concealed guns in certain areas, as long as schools have posted adequate notices about the prohibition.
Walmart also appears to allow owners of permitted guns to carry guns in stores, although the Wall Street Journal reported that associates and customers of a store can complain to management if the presence of firearms makes them uncomfortable in any situation where a customer brings a gun to the store, and store managers can ask customers to leave guns in the car. Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (illegal entry by the licensee with an open handed weapon), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411 of the Government Code (handgun licensing act) may not enter this property with a gun that is brought to light.