In what seems like a logical step to take following a string of mass shootings in the country, Walmart announced it will discontinue the sale of certain types of ammunition in its stores. The retail giant announced on Tuesday (Sept 3) that it will stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammo that can be used with “military-style” weapons. The decision follows the chains previous bonehead move to remove violent video game displays while still opting to sell firearms.
The decision comes after the chain experienced two horrific shootings at separate locations this summer. Two Walmart employees were killed Tuesday (July 30) by a fellow employee at a Mississippi store. Four days later, Saturday (Aug. 3), 20 people were viciously gunned down in front of an El Paso, Texas Walmart location. According to a CNBC report, Walmart and Sam’s Club is discontinuing .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber ammunition.
The chain also announced that it will ask its customers not to carry their firearms openly in stores where “open carry” is permitted. The new rule does not apply to those who have been authorized by law enforcement officers. Customers who have a concealed handgun permits will not be affected by the new policy that will affect more than 26 states.
In a memo sent out to employees, Walmart CEO, Doug Mcmillon stated:
“We believe the opportunity for someone to misinterpret a situation, even in open carry states, could lead to tragic results. We hope that everyone will understand the circumstances that led to this new policy and will respect the concerns of their fellow shoppers and our associates.”
As expected, the news of Walmart’s decision is rubbing the NRA (National Rifle Association of America) the wrong way. In Tweet on the organization’s official Twitter account expressed its disappointment claiming it’s an attack on the 2nd amendment.
Oh well, kudos to Walmart for doing its part in the fight to stop mass shootings for happening. Now it would be great if the Government could get some sensible gun laws passed.
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