CHICAGO — Walgreens has joined the growing list of retailers asking customers not to openly carry guns in their stores, following a recent spate of mass shootings.
In a statement posted on its website Thursday, Deerfield-based said it is asking its customers to "no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials."
The statement did not include any explanation, and a Walgreens spokesman declined Thursday additional comment.
Illinois does not allow people to openly carry their handguns.
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Earlier this week, Walmart and Kroger announced similar policies. In a statement Tuesday, Walmart said it was "motivated by our desire to create a safe environment in our stores and clubs."
Walgreens has more than 9,000 stores and is in all 50 states.