Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition

Thursday, 05 Sep, 2019

We have also had well-intentioned customers acting lawfully that have inadvertently caused a store to be evacuated and local law enforcement to be called to respond.

- Walmart announced Tuesday it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and is also "respectfully requesting" that customers no longer openly carry firearms in stores where state laws allow it. "It's not a ban on our part", a Walmart spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch.

McMillon announced another change meant to make customers feel safer in Walmart stores.

"Walmart is trying to protect themselves from public and employee backlash by ending sales of ammunition and ending open carry". This announcement follows on the heels of Walmart's decision to ask the same of its customers where the law allows guns to be openly carried.

CEO Doug McMillon announced on Tuesday that the company will discontinue sales of some types of rifle ammunition, which can be used with military-style weapons.

The federal government doesn't track every individual firearm sale, but data kept by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System is commonly used as a barometer for gun sales.

These moves are in addition to removing signs and displays for video games that are considered violent.

In the aftermath of the shootings, Walmart's "immediate priorities" included supporting associates and their families, and cooperating with law enforcement, but the company also reevaluated its policies on store safety and security as well, McMillon wrote.

"A year ago, Kroger made the conscious decision to completely exit the firearm and ammunition business when we stopped selling them in our Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest", Adelman said in the statement to CNBC.

Guns and ammunition represent a tiny fraction of overall Walmart sales, said Burt Flickinger III, a managing director of the retail consulting firm Strategic Resource Group.

Walmart stopped selling assault-style rifles in 2015 and raised the age to purchase guns from 18 to 21 a year ago.

Walmart says its market share in ammunition is expected to fall from roughly 20 percent to less than 9 percent. McMillon says Walmart will send letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that calls for action on these "common sense" measures.

"These horrific events occur and then the spotlight fades". "Congress and the administration should act". He concluded, "The status quo is unacceptable". Walmart also said it would end the sales of some firearms and ammunition.

Walmart, the country's number one retailer, is taking a big step to combat gun violence.

After visiting El Paso on August 6, I mentioned that we would be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses.

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Mr. McMillon said the company has no plans to discontinue all gun sales, adding that it has a long history of serving the hunting community and that founder Sam Walton was an avid hunter.