In anticipation of possible civil unrest and looting following the November 3 election, the retail giant Walmart has temporarily pulled firearms and ammunition out of its shelves. The company said that there was “no timetable” for returning the items to the shelves. However, the items remain for sale to its customer according to the company’s email statement shared with various media houses.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest, and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” Walmart's statement read. “These items do remain available for purchase by customers.”
The Arkansas-based company took similar steps during the country-wide George Floyd protests to prevent the looting of firearms by the violent BLM protesters. A few days ago, its stores in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, were looted and flooded during the unrest sparked by Walter Wallace Jr's shooting.
Walmart has a long, winding, and rocky relationship with firearms. In 2019, the retail giant discontinued the sale of the .223 caliber and any ammunition used in “assault weapons” following mass shooting incidents in its Texas and Mississippi outlets. The attacks killed a total of 24 people.
In 2015, Walmart stopped the sale of “assault weapons” after pressure from anti-gun activists harassing businesses to support their anti-gun political agenda. Three years later, the retail giant raised the minimum age for purchasing a firearm from 18 to 21.
Walmart also scaled back on firearm sales, only selling guns in half of its 4,700 stores across the country.
Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon, has defied pressure from gun control activists and anti-gun managers. Some gun-control activists have entered Walmart stores wielding firearms to scare workers and customers to make a statement, McMillon says.
Similarly, firearm customers have acted inappropriately, leading to firearm scares. These incidents led to the banning of open carry in its stores.
McMillon has, in the recent past, indicated that his business would only focus on the sale of hunting and sporting firearms.
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