By Associated Press • 

Moms group asks Fred Meyer to halt open gun carry

PORTLAND — Members of a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have presented Fred Meyer with a petition asking that it stop allowing customers to openly carry guns in its stores.

The Oregonian reports that a petition bearing more than 18,000 signatures was delivered Tuesday to Fred Meyer headquarters in Portland. Moms Demand Action spokesman Taylor Maxwell says the company received signatures from only the states where Fred Meyer operates.

Anneliese Davis of Portland volunteers with the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action. She says the group hopes to change gun policies at businesses where families shop and help business owners realize that they can ban guns from their premises. She says she comes from a “gun-owning, hunting family.”

Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill says company policy is to follow local laws. Of the petition, Merrill says, “We're hearing what this group is saying.”

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Information from: The Oregonian

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