After a series of mass shots that left the country staggering, Walmart will stop selling some forms of ammunition, ask customers not to open arms in their stores and ask President Trump and other legislators to legislate background check.
The largest retailer in the country, which had previously stopped selling short weapons, will now stop selling ammunition for short weapons. And it will no longer make available the types of bullets that, although used in shotguns, can also be fired with military-style weapons.
In addition, in more than two dozen states with applicable transportation laws, Walmart “respectfully requests that customers no longer openly carry firearms in our stores and Sam clubs … unless ‘to be authorized law enforcement officers’. said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs.
This action follows “multiple cases” in which people entered their stores with visible weapons, annoying customers and employees, said Bartlett.
Walmart has been the subject of a campaign by arms control activists and others to pressure the government to stop selling arms and take further action following a wave mass shootings, including one at Walmart in El Paso last month 22 the dead.
By asking customers not to carry weapons in their stores, Walmart will join other retailers such as Starbucks, who have similar policies in place. Walmart will post posters to inform customers of the change and train employees in the coming weeks.
“We only hope that customers will understand the reason behind this, which is not an attempt to question their legal rights,” Bartlett said. It’s probably the experience we had in our own stores that put too many customers, partners in a situation of great discomfort … We had many cases of evacuation because of that. ‘
The retailer will no longer sell firearms in Alaska, the only state where he still authorized such purchases.
Walmart will sell remaining firearm ammunition, as well as .223 and 5.56 ammunition that can be used in military-style weapons. But then he will focus on the weapons used by the athletes. The changes it brings will reduce Walmart’s ammunition market share by about 20% to between 6% and 9%, Bartlett said. The retailer accounts for about 2% of the arms market.
Some defenders of arms control praised the measures announced Tuesday by Walmart.
“Walmart deserves a lot for joining the strong and growing majority of Americans who know we have too many weapons in our country and we are too easy to get,” said Igor Volsky, executive director and founder of the organization in a statement.
However, Volsky said, “This work does not end with Walmart’s decision today, and as Congress revises gun violence, Walmart should make it clear that it supports Americans who demand real change.”
In a statement to Walmart employees, Doug McMillon, Walmart’s CEO, said the company is asking federal lawmakers to improve background checks and create legislation that “eliminates the weapons of those who have been determined to represent Imminent danger … Today, I am sending letters to the White House and congressional leaders asking for action on these common-sense measures. ”
A Walmart in El Paso, Texas, was the occasion of one of two shootings on the weekend of August 3, which left 31 dead and dozens wounded.
A few days earlier, two Walmart directors had been killed by an armed man described as an unhappy employee at a store in Southaven, Mississippi. And other recent mass shootings, including a Saturday near Odessa and Midland, Texas, which left seven dead and 21 wounded, shook the country and wondered what could be done to stop these deaths. violence.
Walmart had previously stopped sales of modern sports rifles, imposed stricter requirements for general arms sales and began banning the sale of firearms to children under 21 last year.
But given their important role in the retail sector, activists and lawmakers have asked Walmart to do more. After this summer’s mass shooting, tens of thousands of people signed a petition on Change.org asking the retailer to stop selling weapons.
And a coalition including Guns Down America, MoveOn and the American Federation of Teachers, planned demonstrations and launched a #Walmartmustact challenge to encourage the public to send letters asking the chain store to stop supporting politicians backed by the NRA and support weapons buyouts, in addition to stopping arms sales.