Walmart 'respectfully' asks shoppers to stop openly carrying guns in stores

Walmart To Stop Selling Ammunition For Assault Rifles, Handguns

The second shooting occurred in El Paso, Texas when a gunman used an assault-style rifle and launched a hate filled attack in a Walmart Store, shooting 48 and killing 22.

Walmart statement in part: "After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the.223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on 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. The company will continue to sell hunting rifles and shotguns, and much of the ammunition for those weapons, he added.

In the wake of the shooting, Walmart has faced enormous pressure to remove firearms from its physical stores and criticized for selling pro-gun T-shirts on its website.

In addition to the change in its gun sales, Walmart has requested that customers no longer openly carry guns into its stores in states that allow open carry. He said he's sending a letter to the White House and Congress on Tuesday "that call for action on these common sense measures".

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Walmart expects the changes to lower its market share for ammunition from around 20 percent to a range of six to nine percent. Several Democratic candidates for president have called on Walmart to stop selling guns at its stores. "We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we're going to continue doing so", according to a memo by Walmart CEO Doug McMillon that will be circulated to employees.

Walmart previously pulled displays of violent video games in its stores and also removed about 1,000 third-party items from its website. McMillon said, "The reauthorization of the assault weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness in keeping weapons made for war out of the hands of mass murderers". The retailer cited weak sales. "As Congress comes back to consider gun violence, Walmart should make it clear that it stands with Americans who are demanding real change".

On Tuesday, Walmart said it was also ending sales of handguns in Alaska. It stopped selling assault rifles in 2015 and raised its minimum gun purchasing age to 21 previous year after the Parkland, Florida, shooting. "This weekend brought tragedy to Midland and Odessa, Texas".

McMillon apologized to well-intentioned customers who may be inconvenienced by the new policies but said he hoped they understood the reasoning behind the decisions.

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