Walmart to stop selling certain gun ammunition

Walmart to stop selling certain gun ammunition

The company's latest measures come after a man with an assault rifle killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 3, just days after a Walmart employee in Southaven, Miss., fatally shot two co-workers.

Walmart, which sells guns in about half of its 4,750 US stores, will continue selling long-barrel deer rifles and shot guns, as well as well as other firearms and ammunition for hunting and sports shooting, McMillon said. "We should not allow that to happen", McMillon said in a statement.

In the wake of the shooting, Walmart has faced enormous pressure to remove firearms from its physical stores and criticized for selling pro-gun T-shirts on its website.

The company is also asking people to not openly carry guns in their stores, including Sam's Clubs locations, even if the person is in an open-carry state. He said he's sending a letter to the White House and Congress on Tuesday "that call for action on these common sense measures".

Walmart attempted again to balance customers who own guns and are "part of our customer base" with safety in stores, Dan Bartlett, Walmart executive vice president of corporate affairs, said on a call with reporters.

Walmart says its current market share in ammunition is about 20% and the new cutbacks will reduce its profile in that market to around 6% to 9%.

"We will treat law-abiding customers with respect, and we will have a very non-confrontational approach", McMillon noted in the memo.

In addition to the inventory changes, the company will also ask that customers no longer openly carry their guns in its stores unless they are members of law enforcement.

After the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, numerous Democratic Party presidential candidates called on Walmart to stop selling guns.

He went on to write that "It's clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable". McMillon said, "The reauthorization of the assault weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness in keeping weapons made for war out of the hands of mass murderers".

There are 49 Walmart stores in MA, including 27 Supercenters.

On Tuesday, Walmart said it was also ending sales of handguns in Alaska.

Walmart stopped selling assault-style weapons in 2015 and raised the minimum age to buy firearms and ammunition to 21, from 18, in 2018. "This weekend brought tragedy to Midland and Odessa, Texas".

"We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand", McMillon wrote.

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