McDonald's, Chick-Fil-a and Home Depot Listed Among Companies Who 'Failed' Gun Safety Policy Grade

A gun reform group has handed more than a dozen national retailers an F grade when testing them on their firearm safety policies.

The Guns Down America group has published a scorecard that marks major companies on their efforts to keep customers safe from potential gun violence based on three categories: in-store gun policy, calls for gun reform, and whether they have donated money to the top 25 Congressional recipients of National Rifle Association (NRA) funding.

Guns Down America said it had released the report in December to offer customers the opportunity to "shop their values" this holiday season.

Out of the 29 companies graded in the scorecard, a total of 16 received an F grade, including McDonald's, Chick-Fil-A, Hot Topic and Nike.

Some companies such as Kohl's and 7-Eleven failed the test for not having any in-store gun policies and for not publicly demanding action on gun reform. However, both companies received marks for not donating money to any major Congressional recipients of NRA dollars.

While companies such as McDonald's and Chick-Fil-A were marked up for following local laws with regards to carrying guns in store, neither have called for a change in gun laws and McDonald's were found to have donated $64,000 to congressman who have also received money from the NRA.

Two companies received the lowest mark possible, having scored zero in all three categories. Lowe's received an F grade for not only having no in-store gun policy and for not calling for gun reform, but also for giving $163,000 in political donations to NRA recipients in Congress.

Home Depot also has no store policy, not demanded gun reform and has donated $469,500 to Congressional recipients of NRA dollars.

In total, three companies were awarded an A grade for their gun safety policies: Kroger, Old Navy and Walmart.

Walmart received bonus points for "significantly limiting gun and ammunition sales" in the wake of the shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas, which left 22 people dead.

Kroger also received bonus points for ending gun sales entirely having previously told customers not to openly carry firearms while shopping at their stores.

"Over the last several months, corporate America recognized that they have a responsibility to help us build safer communities with fewer guns and our campaign is pushing them to turn their words into action," Igor Volsky founder and executive director of Guns Down America, said in a statement.

"When corporate America recognizes that its top business priority is keeping its customers and employees alive, they add their voices to the overwhelming number of American consumers who support gun reform, reach more moderate and conservative audiences, and help advance the political and cultural change we'll need to make real progress on this issue."

The scorecard system used by Guns Down America was developed by Manuel Oliver, co-founder of the Change The Ref gun reform group and father of Parkland school shooting victim Joaquin Oliver.

"Using the Gun Certified Mark, my son Joaquin is challenging America's most powerful businesses to stand up and do their part to keep us safe from gun violence," Oliver added. "I know that businesses that prioritize the lives of their customers and employees will be rewarded by American consumers for helping build safer communities for us all."

Several companies named in the report, including McDonald's, Chick-Fil-A and Home Depot, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Gun Safety Scorecard

  • Kroger - 95 A
  • Old Navy - 90 A
  • Walmart - 90 A
  • Amazon - 80 B
  • Costco - 80 B
  • Nordstrom - 80 B
  • Starbucks - 80 B
  • Target - 80 B
  • Trader Joe's - 80 B
  • Whole Foods - 80 B
  • Waffle House - 70 C
  • Tj Maxx - 65 D
  • Buffalo Wild Wings - 60 D
  • Chick-Fil-A - 45 F
  • Dunkin - 45 F
  • McDonald's - 35 F
  • 7/Eleven - 20 F
  • Ace Hardware - 20 F
  • Applebee's - 20 F
  • Barnes & Noble - 20 F
  • Dollar Tree - 20 F
  • Old Chicago Pizza - 20 F
  • Rainbow Shops - 20 F
  • Hot Topic - 20 F
  • Jos. A. Bank - 20 F
  • Kohl's - 20 F
  • Nike - 10 F
  • Lowe's - 0 F
  • Home Depot - 0 F
A McDonald's fast food restaurant in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The company is one of several who have been handed an F grade for their firearm policies by a gun reform group. Robert Alexander/Getty