LEON COUNTY – Social media continues to drive gun control supporters to boycott Publix stores this Memorial Day weekend.

It’s to protest the company’s financial support of an NRA backed candidate for Florida governor.

An online petition and posts flooding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram urged shoppers to stay away from Publix’s 800 Florida stores because the company contributed $670,000 over the past three years to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Putnam is the leading GOP contender for governor.

According to the Herald-Tribune Putnam has declared himself a ‘proud NRA sellout’ in opposing gun restrictions signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, a fellow Republican, following the massacre of 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In response, Publix issued a statement saying “We regret that some of our political contributions have led to an unintentional customer divide”.

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