Walmart to ban shoppers from openly carrying guns in stores

Walmart To Stop Selling Ammunition For Assault Rifles, Handguns

In 2015, Walmart stopped selling semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 style rifle, the type used in the Dayton shooting.

McMillon was referring to two deadly shootings - one in El Paso, Texas and one in Southaven, Mississippi - that occurred about a month ago. "These incidents are concerning and we would like to avoid them, so we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores or Sam's Clubs in states where "open carry" is permitted - unless they are authorized law enforcement officers".

Walmart is going back to its folksy hunting heritage and getting rid of anything that's not related to a hunting rifle after two mass shootings in its stores in one week left 24 people dead in August of 2019.

After current inventory is sold, the company will discontinue sales of handgun ammunition and short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the.223 caliber and 5.56 caliber. "The status quo is unacceptable". The latest move will leave it focused on weapons for hunting, including deer rifles, shotguns and related ammunition.

Just last month, Walmart asked employees at its US stores to take down signs and playable demos of violent video games, but made no changes to its policy on selling firearms.

McMillon also asked that firearm owners with open carry permits refrain from availing themselves of that right within Walmart, citing those who carried guns into the stores to "test our response" after the shootings.

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Walmart represents about 2% of the market for guns today, the company said for the first time recently.

He says Walmart will continue to treat "law-abiding customers with respect" and it will have a "non-confrontational approach".

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. McMillon said Congress should debate re-authorizing the assault weapons ban and expand background checks.

"Walmart deserves enormous credit for joining the strong and growing majority of Americans who know that we have too many guns in our country and they are too easy to get", said Igor Volsky, Executive Director and Founder of Guns Down America in a statement.

McMillon said he would write letters to the White House and congressional leadership to call for "action on these common sense measures".

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