Walmart to stop selling certain gun ammunition

Jessica Garcia is wheeled away after speaking at a march in El Paso Texas a week after she and her husband were injured by bullets during a mass shooting

Walmart To Stop Selling Ammunition For Assault Rifles, Handguns

Last month, a gunman entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people with an AK-style firearm that Walmart already bans the sale of and marking the deadliest shooting in the company's history.

The head of the company said it will discontinue sales of bullets that can be used in assault-style and military weapons, and those used in handguns. Additionally, Walmart will stop the sales of handguns in Alaska - the only state where they still sell them.

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.

A Walmart spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about what stores would do if a customer defied the company's request not to openly carry a gun.

Chief Executive Doug McMillon called on Congress and the White House to enact "common sense" measures, including stronger background checks for gun purchases.

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The sales will stop after Walmart sells its current inventory.

"We will treat law-abiding customers with respect, and we will have a very non-confrontational approach", McMillon noted in the memo.

"These incidents are concerning and we would like to avoid them, so we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores or Sam's Clubs in states where "open carry" is permitted - unless they are authorized law enforcement officers", McMillon said.

Walmart has been in the middle of the gun-policy debate as it faces new calls to tighten sales of guns and ammunition.

"In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again", McMillon said.

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On August 3, a Walmart in El Paso was the scene of one of the worst mass shootings in American history. The retailer cited weak sales.

Last month, Walmart instructed workers to take down displays of video games with violent imagery and make sure none of the screens in stores display violence.

Walmart has made decisions to scale back its gun and ammunition offerings before. The company said Tuesday that it would explore sharing its proprietary gun-sales technology platform with other retailers.

In 2018, Kroger-owned Fred Meyer stopped selling guns.

- Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the date of the El Paso, Texas, shooting.

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"We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand", McMillon said.

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