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FILE - In this June 4, 2014, file photo, people walk in to a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreens slashed its 2019 forecast and missed second-quarter expectations with a performance that sent its shares plunging Tuesday, April 2, 2019 and knocked down the Dow Jones industrial average. The nation’s largest drugstore chain said it now expects adjusted earnings per share to be roughly flat this year after confirming as recently as late December a forecast for growth of 7% to 12%. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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.

Walgreens is closing stores and CVS is slowing openings. The drugstore industry's transformation is getting serious.

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