Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Walmart to stop customers openly wearing firearms, cut some ammo sales

Walmart to stop customers openly wearing firearms, cut some ammo sales

The company will also stop selling handguns in Alaska, the only state where it still does so, "marking our complete exit from handguns".

However, Walmart will continue to sell long barrel deer rifles and shotguns and much of the ammunition for those guns.

Walmart is set to end sales of handguns in Alaska and will discontinue the sale of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition in stores nationwide, the super chain's president and CEO announced Tuesday afternoon.

The retailer cites the two shooting incidents this summer at Walmart stores, resulting in 22 deaths in El Paso and 2 deaths in Southaven.

Two deadly shootings in Walmart's stores have pressured the nation's largest retailer to alter its gun-sales policies.

The changes come amid an effort to reduce gun violence following mass shootings in OH and Texas, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement to employees. Those changes are likely to lower the company's market share of ammunition sales from about 20 percent to as little as 6 percent, the company said. Open-carry laws allow for people to walk around with obvious guns strapped to their bodies. In July, a disgruntled employee killed two Walmart associates and wounded a police officer at one of the company's locations. And hours after the shooting in El Paso, our country experienced another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. However, it said that it won't be changing its policy for customers who have permits for concealed carry.

With its new policy on "open carry", McMillon noted in his memo that individuals have tried to make a statement by carrying weapons into its stores just to frighten workers and customers. He said he's sending a letter to the White House and Congress on Tuesday "that call for action on these common sense measures".

"We will treat law-abiding customers with respect, and we will have a very non-confrontational approach", he said. He said, "Congress and the administration should act".

Walmart has announced that it will reduce gun and ammunition sales, and the retailer publicly called on elected officials to pass laws to strengthen background checks. We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness. Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age for gun purchases to 21 from 18, and in 2015 it ended the sale of modern-sporting rifles, like the AR-15 that's been used in many mass shootings.

As a gun owner, McMillon added, "we understand that heritage, our deeply rooted place in America and our influence as the world's largest retailer".

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