RICHMOND -- A group of Virginia mothers joined a national campaign Monday demanding Kroger stores ban the open carry of guns in its supermarkets.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense previously launched petitions asking Target, Chipotle, Sonic, Chili's Grill & Bar, Jack in the Box, Starbucks, Facebook and Instagram to reform their gun policies, saying it would make customers and communities safer.

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The Kroger family of stores, the second largest retailer in the country and the nation's largest supermarket retailer, includes Harris Teeter and Kroger.

'Virginia moms are loyal Harris Teeter and Kroger customers, taking our children to shop at their stores every week,' said volunteer Luisa Caro from Virginia. 'Because moms demand to be safe in the places we go with our children, and we are calling on the Kroger Family of Stores the biggest grocery chain in the United States and one of our country's biggest corporations to fulfill its promise of maintaining a 'safe and secure workplace and shopping environment' by prohibiting the open carry of firearms in its supermarkets.'

The group was formed following the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting in December 2012.

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