In recent months, Walmart has seen two mass shootings at their stores and in an announcement made Tuesday, the titan retailer plans to discontinue handgun ammunition as well as all sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that may be used with military- style assault weapons according to CNBC.
According to CNBC, Walmart estimated that it made up 2% of the market for firearms, putting it among the “top three sellers in the industry.” The Arkansas based company also owns an estimated 20% share of the market for ammunition. Walmart anticipates that market share will drop to 6% – 9% with the new policy in effect.
Walmart has faced pressure from the public as well as its own employees for failing to pull weapons from its stores in the wake of two deadly shootings at a Mississippi store in July and another in El Paso in August.
Walmart says that they plan to sell all of its existing inventory before discontinuing sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition, commonly associated with hunting, and large capacity clips on military-style weapons. The company also announced that it will end all gun sales in Alaska.
CEO Doug McMillon stated his intent to write to the White House and members of Congress demanding action on “common sense measures” and calling on government to “strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger.”
Walmart is also requesting its customers stop visibly carrying firearms in stores in “open carry” states unless authorized law enforcement officers are present.
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