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Publix joins Walmart, CVS, Starbucks in its request concerning firearms in stores

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer

Marion Hammer has been the NRA's chief lobbyist in Florida for years, and her voice carries a lot of weight in Tallahassee.
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Marion Hammer has been the NRA's chief lobbyist in Florida for years, and her voice carries a lot of weight in Tallahassee.

Publix has joined the chorus of large retailers asking customers not to include their guns and rifles in the brick-and-mortar shopping experience.

“Publix respectfully requests that only law enforcement officials openly carry firearms in our stores,” said an email from a Publix spokesperson.

Walmart, CVS and Starbucks made similar requests — not prohibitions — of their customers. But none of those have home base in Florida, where the state’s most powerful lobbyist pushes the NRA’s agenda and the NRA likes to use Florida as a testing ground for concepts it favors, i.e., Stand Your Ground.

Publix has stores in open carry states Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina and licensed open carry states Georgia and Tennessee.

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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