CVS Pharmacy - 2ACheck Rating: “D” – CVS stated policy is to ban guns from all stores but it is not usually posted or enforced.
Below is a written statement CVS provided in the spring of 2013:
“Thank you for your email. I am happy to respond. As a matter of company policy, CVS/pharmacy does not allow handguns in its stores. The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority, and we believe prohibiting handguns at our pharmacies furthers this priority. If you have any further questions or concerns please contact us at 1-800-746-7287. We are available Monday through Friday, 8:30am-7pm ET.”
We received confirmation in an email and we also followed up with a phone call. We called because we were surprised about their policy. They do not post any signage alerting the public to their policy, and we have Open Carried there before. Many people have reported open carrying in CVS without incident, while others have been asked to leave.
The phone representative did not have any information about the policy such as when or why it was enacted.
Please, do not encourage them to post the signs. We would rather be able to carry concealed with a “don’t ask don’t tell” type of scenario than be forced to disarm because of a sign. Instead, politely ask them to reconsider their policy because you like shopping there and would hate to have to go to a competitor.
We are putting CVS on the BOYCOTT list because they have a no gun policy. However, you would not be alone if you must use CVS to get your meds and you have never had a problem carrying there before. As always, you must decide for yourself whether a company has violated your rights and whether they deserve your business.
Mail all inquiries to:
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895