Walmart, America’s largest retailer, to stop selling handgun ammunition
Walmart, America’s largest retailer, to stop selling handgun ammunition
Walmart will stop selling handgun ammunition, asks customers not to carry guns in stores
03 September, 2019, 22:09
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. Walmart will also stop selling handguns in Alaska, the only state where it still sells handguns.
The largest US arms retailer, which has been under pressure to change its policies on gun sales, also said it would discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, the only state where it still sells these guns.
In a memo circulated to employees on Tuesday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced that the company would no longer sell handgun ammunition or "short-barrel rifle ammunition" like .223 and 5.56 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation caliber, "that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons".
Last month, a gunman entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and killed 22 people using an AK-style firearm that Walmart already bans the sale of.
On Tuesday, McMillon said that Walmart's changes to ammunition policies will reduce its market share from around 20% to between 6% and 9%.
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"It's clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable", Walmart said in a statement. But there are well-intentioned customers acting lawfully who have also inadvertently caused a store to be evacuated and local law enforcement to be called to respond.
In Massachusetts, a license to carry is required to purchase and possess handguns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition.
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.
"We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand", McMillon said. The company began its exit from the handgun business in 1993 and stopped selling AR-style modern sporting rifles in 2015. McMillon says Walmart will send letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that calls for action on these "common sense" measures.
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