Walmart pulls guns and ammo from store displays, citing potential ‘civil unrest’

Saturday, 31 Oct, 2020

The discounter said the items will remain available for customers to purchase.

Walmart said in a press release that the ammunition and firearms removed from displays at US stores on Thursday was returned to the sales floor on Friday.

Walmart's anticipating civil unrest ahead of the presidential election. and that's triggered the retail giant to stop pull guns and ammo from shelves.

Fox Business reported that in an internal memo to store managers on Wednesday, Walmart requested staffers to yank guns and ammo from shelves "due to the current unrest in isolated areas of the country and out of an abundance of caution".

Firearm sales interest has soared this year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of firearm background checks, the best available approximation of total gun sales.

Gun purchase interest tends to rise around stressful events and ahead of elections, when some buyers wish to protect themselves from expected unrest and others are anxious that if Biden wins, he will pass much stricter gun control laws. Guns and ammunition are sold at about half of United States stores, primarily in locations where hunting is popular, a company spokeswoman said.

Walmart made a similar move back in June following George Floyd's death.

The video from the scene became viral and triggered protests in Philadelphia the same day, which quickly grew into riots, including clashes with police forces, vandalism, and looting.

An armed man in El Paso, Texas, killed 22 people in 2019 in a mass shooting at a Walmart store, prompting employees to call on the company to stop selling firearms altogether.

It stopped selling assault-style weapons in 2015.