Local lawmakers are calling on the Connecticut Food Association to ban openly carried firearms in stores. The request from 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and Senators Blumenthal and Murphy follows advocacy by the group Moms Demand Action. That group is calling for Target, Panera, Starbucks, Whole Foods and elsewhere to ban open carry in their stores. Esty, Blumenthal and Murphy say this is for the safety of customers and employees. Current Connecticut law allows anyone with a permit to openly carry a handgun, but private businesses can prohibit open carry in their stores.