Walmart to stop selling ammunition for handguns, assault-style weapons

Walmart to stop selling ammunition for handguns, assault-style weapons

Walmart to stop selling ammunition for handguns, assault-style weapons

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.

The company will also no longer sell ammunition for short-barrel rifles, which are often used in hunting but can also be used in military-style weapons.

In response to the shootings, Walmart also asked that customers no longer openly carry firearms into its stores or Sam's Clubs in states where "open carry" was permitted unless law enforcement authorized it. "We should not allow that to happen", McMillon said in a statement. About half of its more than 4,750 USA stores sell firearms. Several Democratic 2020 White House hopefuls, as in other policy areas, have run far to the left by now endorsing the idea of USA gun owners being forced to hand their guns to the federal government in return for government-decided payments.

Chief executive Doug McMillon said the company had been "listening".

"We believe these actions will reduce our market share of ammunition from around 20% to a range of approximately 6 to 9%", he said.

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

"It's clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable", he said in a note to employees and published on the firm's website.

About 40 white-collar Walmart working in California walked out on the job last month to protest its gun policies. And Walmart will request that customers no longer openly carry guns into its 4,700 USA stores, or its Sam's Club stores, in states that allow open carry.

In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, Walmart ordered workers to remove video game signs and displays that depict violence from stores nationwide.

There are 49 Walmart stores in MA, including 27 Supercenters. And the company, which in 2015 stopped selling assault rifles like the AR-rifles used in several mass shootings, urged more debate on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban while also calling for the government to strengthen background checks.

It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska.

McMillon added noted he is a gun owner himself, adding "we understand that heritage, our deeply rooted place in America and our influence as the world's largest retailer". It also mentions shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and this past weekend's attack in Midland and Odessa, Texas. "And we understand the responsibility that comes with it", McMillon said.

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