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Ron Shaich, Panera Bread Co.’s CEO, is shown in a file photo at one of the company’s stores.

The bakery-cafe chain Panera said Monday that it is asking customers not to bring firearms into any of its 1,818 outlets in 45 states.

The voluntary move followed what the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said was “months of discussions” with the company.

Panera said in a statement that it strives to create cafes “where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome.”

Written by Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
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